After the NFL and NFL Players Association came together on the latest collective bargaining agreement prior to the 2020 season, the two sides left things open for a potential move to a 17-game regular season starting with the upcoming 2021 campaign. However, a change may still not be made for some time as new media deals must get done and re-worked ahead of adding 16 more games to the NFL’s schedule.
According to a Sunday report by NBC Sports’ Peter King, a tentative plan would give all AFC teams a ninth home game in 2021, with the NFC getting the same opportunity during the 2023 season. King cited “competitive balance” as a reason for the move as it would allow the entire conference to have the same amount of home and away games.
Lastly, the move to 17 regular season games would also allow the NFL to recoup some of the lost revenue from the 2020 season with those additional games on the schedule.
Now for today’s links.
Why the Chargers should make a push for Jurrell Casey (Bolt Beat)
Gavino Borquez highlights the “daring” offseason move predicted by ESPN for the Chargers (Chargers Wire)
Joe Lombardi talks offensive philosophy with Hayley Elwood (Chargers.com)
Justin Herbert is confident in Brandon Staley’s quarterback experience (NFL.com)
Bill Barnwell tries to help cash-strapped teams in 2021 (ESPN)
The Texans released Duke Johnson and Nick Martin (ESPN)
AFC West teams are likely to have nine home games if NF: moves to 17-game season in 2021 (Bleacher Report)
Former NFL player Louis Nix has died at 29 (NFL.com)
Bucky Brooks’ latest edition of his Scouts Notebook (NFL.com)
Reuben Foster is not likely to return to Washington (Pro Football Talk)