The NFL is currently negotiation a new CBA with the players union and big changes could be coming to the playoff format.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the NFL is proposing to add an extra team to the wildcard playoff and cutting down byes to one team per conference.
If and when a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized — and there is now mounting optimism it could be done sometime in the next week — it is expected to change the NFL’s playoff structure as it is currently constituted for next season, league sources told ESPN.
Under the current proposal that is expected to take effect in the new CBA when it is done, seven teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs instead of the six that currently do. In addition, only one team from each conference will receive a first-round bye as opposed to the two that currently do, league sources said.
The changes to the NFL’s playoff format would take effect immediately for the 2020 season.
Fans did not appear to be thrilled with the proposed changes to the playoff format by the NFL.