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NFL announces expansion of practice squads to 10 players

Roger Goodell AP

Monday brought a report that the NFL and NFLPA had agreed to expand the size of practice squads to 10 players for the coming season and Tuesday brought official confirmation of that change.

According to a release from the league, the NFL and the union have agreed to expand the size of the squads for the next two seasons with the former eight-man limit coming back into effect for the 2016 season “barring extension” of the change. That means 64 more jobs will be available in each of the next two seasons, brightening the prospects of many players as we head toward cutdown day.

And it isn’t just players previously eligible for the practice squad either. The league also announced that each team will be able to sign two players¬†“who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit.” Otherwise players¬†who have earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for the practice squad unless they spent fewer than nine games on the 46-man gameday roster during those seasons.

One other change will allow players to hold onto practice squad eligibility longer. Players now need to have a minimum of six games on the practice squad, up from three, for the year to count as one of the three that they are eligible to be placed on the practice squad.

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16 Responses to “NFL announces expansion of practice squads to 10 players”
  1. delgadodecortho says: Aug 19, 2014 5:04 PM

    Good start, now make it possible to dress all 53 players on game day.

  2. thepftpoet says: Aug 19, 2014 5:04 PM

    Hasn’t the practice squad expansion already reached 53 players?

    Oh wait… That’s just the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks franchises.

    Vikings > Your favorite team.

    (Teddy Bridgewater 2015 Super Bowl MVP)

  3. coutre says: Aug 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    Now the NFL will complain that too many underclassmen are declaring. More jobs = more opportunity. Supply & Demand.

  4. atthemurph says: Aug 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    (Teddy Bridgewater is the 2015 Akili Smith)

  5. nflgreedleague says: Aug 19, 2014 5:10 PM

    Each team should have 40 practice squad guys, play games and call it the developmental league. I’d watch the games.

  6. techvet says: Aug 19, 2014 5:14 PM

    Christmas comes early for Ted Thompson.

  7. bassplucker says: Aug 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    Finally, a league decision I can get behind.

    And yes, they need to expand the number of players who can dress on game day, too.

  8. jmb795 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:37 PM

    Do practice squad members get health or other benefits?

  9. jimr10 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:41 PM

    Cannot believe not one Goodell bashing statement..see.. he does something right..

  10. mannyiac says: Aug 19, 2014 5:48 PM

    jimr10 says:
    Aug 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Cannot believe not one Goodell bashing statement..see.. he does something right..

    A blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then

  11. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 19, 2014 5:54 PM

    What’s important to remember is that MLB > NFL.

    #alwayswillbe

  12. jdrewsy says: Aug 19, 2014 6:14 PM

    thepftpoet: Good move. More players for our purple farm team to develop. If they are good, we might take them up to the parent “Seahawk” team.

    Thanks Poet. We appreciate your efforts!!!! Go Hawks!

  13. dlk47823 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:17 PM

    The owners love Roger, he’s making them and himself tons of money. Pretty sure he’s not concerned with troll opinions.

  14. pats777 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    Roger has also demanded that whoever performs the next Super Bowl halftime show must pay the NFL for the privilege, LOL! I’m guessing the RIAA must not be too thrilled about this.

  15. roadtrip3500 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    delgadodecortho says: Aug 19, 2014 5:04 PM

    Good start, now make it possible to dress all 53 players on game day.
    ——————–
    At the very least on Thursday nights, when guys haven’t recovered fully from Sunday…

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 19, 2014 8:31 PM

    Huh? Why would you expand the practice squad. Besides 8 teams, the rest of the league is unwatchable. Why would you add more scrubs to the mix?

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