UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

NFLPA president on possible 18-game expansion: 'I won't let it happen'

Former Cardinals offensive tackle Eric Winston, the current NFLPA president, is more open to expanding the playoff field than adding on games during the regular season. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Current NFLPA president Eric Winston is open to expanding the playoff field. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Eric Winston, the 30-year-old newly-elected president of the NFL Players Association, told Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that he will do everything in his power to prevent the league from expanding to an 18-game season.

In 2013, it was reported that the NFL is attempting to persuade the NFLPA to get on board with the idea of each team playing 18 games instead of the current 16 during the regular season. As part of the negotiating process with the NFLPA, Mike Florio of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk.com reported last September that the league could shorten the preseason as part of the conditions to expand the regular season.

BURKE: NFL Competition Committee passes on n-word rule, considers extra point changes

While Winston is against expanding the regular season, he may be more open to the possibility of postseason expansion. The NFL Competition Committee, comprised of current NFL coaches and executives, is in favor of expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14. The topic will be discussed by team owners and other attendees to annual NFL meetings in Orlando next week, according to A.J. Perez of NJ.com.

While the NFLPA president has already taken a hard line against the expansion of regular season games, the association has yet to take an official stance on expanding the number of teams in the playoffs.

Winston, who started 119 consecutive games during his NFL career -- the second-longest streak for an active player -- told Pelissero that there are still many questions to be answered about the possible playoff expansion:

"How is that structured? How is that worked out? What are we talking about here? How's that other team getting in? I think it goes to a broad structure and it speaks differently than we're talking about having 32 teams play two more games apiece... That's something that will be looked at and looked at hard by the players because there are some guys that might want it. But if it's some broad stroke, then we're probably not going to go for it."
SI WIRE: New Dallas Cowboy Henry Melton calls biting lawsuit ‘a money grab’

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again