NFL rumors: Owners propose 18-game season to players in CBA talks


NFL rumors: Owners propose 18-game season to players in CBA talks

Imagine the Raiders and 49ers facing off in a pivotal Week 12 matchup. Instead of seeing healthy quarterbacks Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo play, you get Mike Glennon and C.J. Beathard starting under center for Oakland and San Francisco, respectively.

That apparently could be a possibility if the NFL owners get their way in the next collective bargaining agreement.

During recent CBA negotiations, the owners proposed an 18-game schedule, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday (H/T Pro Football Talk). "But the players resisted their pitch," according to The Journal, and the owners also proposed "limiting players to 16 games, to assuage health and safety concerns." 

The Journal noted that the two additional regular-season games "could be a boon" replacing half of the four-game preseason, with the paper reporting that an NFLPA analysis showed two games could add up to $2.5 billion in annual revenue. 

Still, under the owners' reported proposal of mandating in-season bye weeks for players, it's hard not to feel like the NFL would be adding fans' least-favorite part of preseason games into games with standings consequences. Is Brian Hoyer quarterbacking the New England Patriots in the middle of the season -- not the end in which New England has the AFC East locked up again -- as Tom Brady sits healthy on the sideline going to feel like a regular-season game to fans in attendance? 

Such a move would open multiple cans of worms. How do coaches stagger the two-game "rest" periods? Are there additional bye weeks? Who's exempt? 

The players see the built-in byes as unrealistic, The Journal reported. And if those byes aren't there, the player's union estimated that two additional regular-season games "would reduce the average career span from 3.3 years to 2.8 years," the story said. 

The owners proposed an 18-game season during the last round of CBA negotiations that led to the lockout, and reportedly want it back on the table again. The players, meanwhile, reportedly are focusing on "practical changes that improve the quality of life" for the nearly 60 percent of its members who are on minimum contracts. 

The CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season, and The Journal reported that both sides are scheduled for another bargaining session next week. 

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.

49ers 'most likely' turn to Justin Skule again to replace Joe Staley


49ers 'most likely' turn to Justin Skule again to replace Joe Staley

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie Justin Skule will “most likely” return to the 49ers starting lineup in place of veteran left tackle Joe Staley, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Staley underwent surgery to repair a broken and dislocated finger, an injury that occurred Monday night in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowler, did not realize the extent of the injury until it swelled on him Tuesday morning.

“He will not play this week and probably be out a couple of weeks,” Shanahan said.

Skule started six games earlier this season when Staley was sidelined with a fractured left lower leg. When Staley returned to action on Monday, Skule was deactivated for the game. The 49ers went with Daniel Brunskill as the backup offensive tackle behind Staley and Mike McGlinchey.

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Shanahan expressed confidence that Skule will again step in and play well in place of Staley.

“I thought he did a very good job,” Shanahan said of Skule, a sixth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt. “He came in there and stepped it up right away. He did a good job his first game and I thought he got better each week. We were happy with how he played, and I’m glad we have a couple of good backups.”