Teams ask NFL about pushing back trade deadline

After the busiest trade deadline day in NFL history, some teams are keen to make it even busier.

Several teams have reached out to the NFL bureau over the past week to ask about moving the trade deadline from its current week 8 location to either week 10 or week 12, league sources told ESPN.

The issue is expected to be brought up at meetings of the NFL’s General Manager Committee later this month, and then could be discussed further and put to a vote at the league’s owners meetings in the spring, sources say.

Postponing the trade deadline would be in line with what the NFL has been trying to accomplish with other recent moves.

In recent years, the league has expanded practice groups, allowed experienced players into those practice groups, changed the rules for injured reserves and players scheduled to return from IR, and has shown flexibility to adapt to teams’ demands.

A later trading deadline could potentially lead to increased activity as teams would have more clarity on their playoff chances.

The NFL moved the trade close date previously in 2012, moving it two weeks from Tuesday after week 6 to Tuesday after week 8 to encourage trading. Some wanted to push the date even further back at the time, but owners feared there would be too much movement in the roster.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34955908/sources-teams-ask-nfl-pushing-back-trade-deadline Teams ask NFL about pushing back trade deadline

Emma Bowman

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