The latest proposal and change from the CBA will be beneficial to all teams. According to the summary from the proposed CBA provided by the NFL Players Association, there will no longer be a limit on the number of years that a player is eligible for the practice squad. That’s a pretty significant change, as there are well over 100 players that are out of the league because they weren’t good enough at that time to make the team’s 53-man roster, and their practice eligibility was up.
That’s not the only change to the practice squad. If this proposal passes, teams will be allowed to keep 12 players instead of 10 on the practice squad. That change will go into effect immediately. That’ll expand to 14 in 2022. The more these rosters expand, the more it becomes bad business for leagues like the XFL. The buzz seems to have worn off from the league a few weeks in, and this change will only make things worse.
Another change would be that teams no longer have to worry about losing practice squad players to waivers each time he moves up and down from the active 53. The new proposal will allow two times during the year where a player can be called up from the practice squad without passing through waivers. We will stop using the “53-man roster” as well. The new rules will allow teams to automatically promote up to two practice squad players to the 53-man roster each week. So the new roster size will go to either 54 or 55.
If you’re keeping track, over the next two seasons, there will be 65 player jobs per team. That number will grow to 67 in 2022. The latest CBA proposal is doing a good job of creating more opportunities for the players. This will allow players like Jeff Wilson to stick around. Or, a younger guy like Kevin Givens who may not be ready for the NFL time to get stronger and develop his skillset.