ICYMI: Game Changer: How 18 Game NFL Season Can Work

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In the same vein, increases to each team’s salary cap would have to be increased.  The current NFL cap is $123M per franchise, which breaks down to approximately $2,320,000 per active player.  In order to maintain this ratio, the cap would have to be raised to somewhere in the realm of  $150M, but under the current Collectively Bargaining Agreement, rookies have set salaries that are significant below this egalitarian division of the salary cap.

Further, despite the expansion of the roster to facilitate this proposed increase to the length of the season, a core of players will still exist to most teams, and they will almost certainly absorb certain percentages regardless.  Therefore whether the raise of the salary cap is $150M or $132M, two points remain:  first, an increase is to the salary cap would be inevitable, but second and more importantly, more football players will get paid as professionals. Approximately 384 more.

Following these two admittedly simplified changes, the NFL season takes on several extremely dynamic changes in strategic approaches to the season.  The first is the management of personnel with regard to the overall schedule.  This becomes especially critical with regards to the quarterback, who must sit at least two games like everyone else.  Another would be monitoring the management of opposing team’s personnel, especially if a poker-like gamesmanship with respect to the release of the game day roster is encouraged.

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