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NFL still considering changes to trade deadline, roster rules

Rich McKay AP

The NFL has not yet decided whether to change its bylaws to move the trade deadline and tweak some roster rules, with owners deciding today that they need more time to consider the proposed changes.

Four different proposed bylaw changes were tabled at today’s meeting of the owners and will be taken up again when the owners get together in May.

“We just felt like there was some really good input, we’d table them and vote on them in May,” Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said.

Those four bylaws involved:

1. Moving the trade deadline from Week Six to Week Eight.

2. Increasing the offseason and training camp roster limit from 80 to 90.

3. Allowing one roster exemption per week for a player who’s inactive with a concussion.

4. Allowing a player who’s put on injured reserve early in the season to return to the field after eight weeks, rather than having all players on injured reserve automatically out for the season.

McKay said he didn’t sense much resistance from NFL owners to any of those bylaw changes, but he did hear from owners who wanted more time to consider all the implications of changing those bylaws, and he said the owners also wanted to give the NFL Players’ Association time to weigh in on its thoughts about changing roster rules.

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28 Responses to “NFL still considering changes to trade deadline, roster rules”
  1. chawk12thman says: Mar 28, 2012 12:52 PM

    Take your time; get it right.

  2. ibottpsgoldpants says: Mar 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    Sounds good to me. But why week 8? Why not week 10 or 12?

  3. geauxjay says: Mar 28, 2012 12:54 PM

    There are other rules the NFL is considering:

    1. Forcing the New Orleans Saints to hire Rich Kotite as interim coach.

    2. Making the Saints play the entire 2012 season with 5 defensive players.

    3. Not punishing another NFL team AT ALL for having bounties.

  4. jakek2 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:55 PM

    My proposal is to rip up ALL rules post 2000.

  5. chrisritch93 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:55 PM

    So why not wait until they do to write the story ?

  6. nesportsfan0428 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:57 PM

    That trade deadline is a must, it’s way to early in the season. Week 8 is good as thats when a team can properly assess injuries and when players start breaking down.

  7. spellingcopfather says: Mar 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    You see Rule #4 Run-DMc, I love your game but please finsh a whole season for once & Go Raiders!!!

  8. bumbler19 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    I see no downside to any of these potential changes. I really like the IR at eight weeks.

  9. Soulman45 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:12 PM

    To The New York Jets

    Week eight out of the play off hunt unload all your players to help a friend and play for the first pick.

    Your Truly
    Soulman45

  10. arizonahusker says: Mar 28, 2012 1:12 PM

    Expand the game day roster from 45 to 50 while still keeping the 53 roster total.

    You’re paying them to be on your team, let them play.

  11. southpaw77 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    Never understood why the NFL doesn’t have a DL like baseball. You see it too often that players are thrown onto IR and thus ending their season.

    Should be a few DL spots (out 4-6 week slot), (out 6-8 week slot), and a (out 8-10 week slot) so teams can have thsese players for the stretch run or playoffs.

  12. southpaw77 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    Also there should always be a camera down the goal line.
    Seen a few times no camera view for someone crossing the plain or down the sideline trying to cross the goal line (pylon).

    NFL making 9 billion and no camera angles near the goal line? Come on man!

  13. steelerfanforlife says: Mar 28, 2012 1:38 PM

    I think the trade deadline is the only thing the NFL does not get right compared to the other Major sports. By week 8 most teams should know where they stand and either try to improve their team or trade players for future draft picks. I think week 9 or 10 would be better but it’s a start.

  14. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    Here’s a rule; stop making rules.

  15. downslide33 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:47 PM

    There are other rules the NFL is considering:

    1. Forcing the New Orleans Saints to hire Rich Kotite as interim coach.

    2. Making the Saints play the entire 2012 season with 5 defensive players.

    3. Not punishing another NFL team AT ALL for having bounties.

    ——————————————————

    Damn you Saints fan CRY like little bitches!!!

    The Saints didnt get punished so severely for having a bounty program. The Saints were punished severely for lying to the league and covering up the bounty program. Don’t let FACTS get in your way though.

  16. southpaw77 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    @Steelerfan

    The NFL does a few things wrong.
    1.Trade deadline is too soon.
    2.There is no NFL network or NFL sunday ticket on Time Warner Cable.
    3.There is no DL in football as described by me earlier. 4.Thursday games are a joke with teams wore out or not having enough time to put a full weeks gameplan in. Only one road team won on the short week.
    5. There’s a team in Jacksonville rather than LA?

  17. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Mar 28, 2012 1:56 PM

    If there is any compassion for the common fan they must implement a rule that forbids Chris Berman from ever again creating stupid nicknames for players and from ever referencing a song title of The Eagles.

  18. christopher525 says: Mar 28, 2012 2:01 PM

    I actually like ALL of these, the only change (as others have stated) might be going week 9 or 10 for the deadline. Make it more intetesting, like other sports. Another I would add, make a universal bye week, use that (mid season) for an all star deal. No need to play the Pro Bowl, nobody cares about it, instead have a weekend of skills challenges in different NFL cities each year.

  19. elifan4life says: Mar 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    love the new IR rules! had this been in effect last year we would’ve had Marvin Austin back to play out his rookie year.

  20. deathmonkey41 says: Mar 28, 2012 2:21 PM

    Roger Goodall just wants clarification on two things before any rule is passed-

    1.) Will this new rule somehow negatively effect the Patriots?

    2.) How can the new rule help the Patriots?

  21. cowboyhater says: Mar 28, 2012 2:23 PM

    Wow, they want to give everyone time to go through the changes. That’s a change to how they have conducted business. I bet Dan Snyder would have liked to have been informed of a cap penalty well before 1hr before free agency opened up. Interesting.

  22. gacoltfan says: Mar 28, 2012 2:37 PM

    The IR rule definitely needs changed. With as many injuries that occur teams are forced to put guys on IR that would only be out 6-8 weeks. Since they are limited to a 53 man roster, they needlessly need to put guys on IR to have enough able bodies.

    Regardless of how long they have been on IR, everyone should be eligible to come off IR for the playoffs.

  23. gacoltfan says: Mar 28, 2012 2:50 PM

    Moving the trade deadline back a couple of weeks would be ok, but not to week 10 or 12. By that time some teams would know they have no chance of making the playoffs and would trade off guys in the last year of their contract that they aren’t resigning.

    For instance, Dwight Freeney is in the last year of his contract. If the Colts are 4-6 and know they aren’t making the playoffs and know he isn’t coming back next year so they trade him for a 5th round pick to a contender that is lacking a pass rush, that isn’t really “fair”. Most teams aren’t eliminated from the playoffs after week 6 or 8, but by week 10-12 many are out of any realistic shot at the playoffs.

    I hate the baseball “rent a player” idea. Go home with the girl you brought to the dance.

  24. hystoracle says: Mar 28, 2012 3:46 PM

    ibottpsgoldpants says: Mar 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    Sounds good to me. But why week 8? Why not week 10 or 12?

    ————–

    To stop people from dumping salary or teams from loading up on players jsut before the season is over.. Week 12 you would see teams out of it dumping salary to teams in the playoffs.. would upset the competitive balance thing.

  25. hystoracle says: Mar 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    southpaw77 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    Never understood why the NFL doesn’t have a DL like baseball. You see it too often that players are thrown onto IR and thus ending their season.

    Should be a few DL spots (out 4-6 week slot), (out 6-8 week slot), and a (out 8-10 week slot) so teams can have thsese players for the stretch run or playoffs.
    ——————————————-

    Salary Cap.. Football has one Baseball doesn’t..

    Also Guaranteed salaries — Baseball, NHL, NBA 100% .. NFL not so much..

    Can be done.. The NHL would be a good example. You put people on reserve and get a credit on per game basis towards cap until injured player returns.. or use the Long Term Injured Reserve credit similar to NHL for guys out extended periods of time..

    Would have to watch teams abusing the IR to save cap space.. i.e. putting players on IR who aren’t injured. They already lie about injuries as it is. (See Pats – everyone questionable)

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 28, 2012 4:36 PM

    They do the early season deadline to keep teams from baggin a season to get a higher pick. or teams trading players to garbage teams for higher picks in the upcoming draft.

    the NFL is trying not to have a “suck for luck” effect

  27. jzorbo73 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:45 PM

    Next rule change: Each NFL player will have to wear flags around their waist.
    Thanks Goodell

  28. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 28, 2012 7:34 PM

    Here’s a good rule change, make the queer Lambeau Leap a 15 yd penalty like every other celebration.

    However, if that happens then how would some of those packer fans ever get to rub the a** of a black man? Guess they’d have to go back to the farm animals…

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