Emmanuel Sanders could play 17 regular-season games this year

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At a time when the NFL continues to push for a 17-game season, another player could end up playing 17 games.

The 49ers have had their 2019 bye, which means they’ve played only six games. Which means they have 10 games to play.

New 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders has arrived from Denver. The Broncos have played seven games, and Sanders has played in all of them.

If my math is correct, that’s 17 potential games for Sanders in 2019 — in 17 weeks, with no bye.

Also, because the 49ers play the Cardinals next week on Thursday Night Football, Sanders will be participating in a pair of short-week games this season. (The Broncos played the Chiefs last Thursday night.)

Last year, defensive tackle Damon Harrison played in 17 games following a trade from the Giants to the Lions.

The CBA does not address this dynamic. Maybe it should. Indeed, if/when the schedule expands to 17 games for all players, there’s a chance that someone will play in 18 games.

18 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders could play 17 regular-season games this year

  1. If your math is correct is 17 games
    If my math is correct it’s only 14 games

    I’m not good at math.

  2. How does this affect pay?

    It doesn’t… players are paid in 17 weekly installments during the course of the season, which includes the bye week.

  3. Dublin Demons says:
    October 24, 2019 at 9:27 am
    And still will not lead in any WR category

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    Maybe he would if it wasn’t for QBs like Flacco, Keenum, Siemian, and Osweieler… ever thought about that.

  4. The CBA does not address this dynamic. Maybe it should.
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    That is the definition of an anomaly. You shouldn’t base requirements on something that has occurred 1/1696 (0.06%) in each of the last two years.

  5. FinFan68 says:
    October 24, 2019 at 10:48 am
    The CBA does not address this dynamic. Maybe it should.
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    That is the definition of an anomaly. You shouldn’t base requirements on something that has occurred 1/1696 (0.06%) in each of the last two years.
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    Actually you should. He should get an extra game check. And since it could easily be remedied you should remedy it.

  6. packers291 says:
    October 24, 2019 at 9:37 am
    How does this affect pay?
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    That’s a good question. My guess is that he gets paid 1/16th of the base salary amount for every game played/rostered. Neither team would be responsible for paying above that but he would receive an “extra” check if you smply look at the contract totals.

  7. savethebs says:
    October 24, 2019 at 10:59 am
    FinFan68 says:
    October 24, 2019 at 10:48 am
    The CBA does not address this dynamic. Maybe it should.
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    That is the definition of an anomaly. You shouldn’t base requirements on something that has occurred 1/1696 (0.06%) in each of the last two years.
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    Actually you should. He should get an extra game check. And since it could easily be remedied you should remedy it.
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    The change recommendation was based on a safety issue of a player playing 17 games rather than 16, not pay. The article mentions “no BYE” and “pair of short-week games this season” pointing to that rationale. I think that is ridiculous. The Dolphins and Bucs(?) got no BYE one year due to a hurricane and the SuperBowl participants typically play 19 games every year. As for the pay, who says they don’t get paid that extra check? I believe they do get it as they are paid 1/16th of the base pay for the year after each game played/rostered. There is no need to address this scenario in the CBA. If you want to see it then you will no doubt be griping later because of some unintended consequence the league will no doubt fail to account for.

  8. The union is going to be filing a grievance over this. They can’t allow this to happen!

  9. “Play” is the operative word here. There are two games that he participated in with the Broncos before removing himself.

  10. I hope he plays 20 games this season: 17 regular season, 2 playoff games and 1 Super Bowl. He would not mind doing that. I am sure.

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