The NFL may attempt to extend the length of the regular season, but Commissioner Roger Goodell sounds like he wants to give players a break in the offseason.
In comments to SI’s Peter King, Goodell said that he believes there is too much required of players during offseason conditioning and presumably offseason practices.
“I’m a firm believer that players are overworked in the offseason. They probably need to get away from the game a little
bit more. And when they’re away, they probably work harder,” Goodell said.
The amount of offseason practices could potentially be a discussion for the next collective bargaining agreement.
“There needs to be limitations in the offseason with respect to the
type of work, and how much work, is done. Teams will definitely have
sufficient time to get their offense and defense in,” Goodell said. “Should maybe
rookies and first-year players have more time in training camp? That’s
something Norv Turner mentioned this week.
It’s something that needs a lot of dialogue, and that’s one of the
things the player forums will look into.”