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The NFL Reportedly Has A New Schedule Proposal

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NFL is only a year away from renegotiating the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the NFLPA. Among the things the NFL reportedly wants in the new agreement is a chance to increase the number of games to 18.

But with many players, pundits, and fans believing that an 18-game season is a non-starter, the NFL is apparently seeking some middle ground.

According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the NFL is abandoning its 18-game season proposal. In its place, the NFL is now focusing on expanding by just one game for a 17-game season.

The proposal also includes reducing the number of preseason games from four to either two or three.

It remains to be seen if this proposal would include any of the other things that would likely need to happen for the players to agree to an extra game.

A second bye, expanded roster sizes, and limitations on how many games a player can play in a season have all been floated recently.

The current CBA expires at the end of the 2020 season.

Just about every new CBA has resulted in seismic changes in the NFL landscape. The last one resulted in a multi-month lockout.

But given how contentious the negotiations were in the 2011 CBA negotiations, who knows if a 17-game season is merely an attempt by the owners to move the goalposts...