The NFL is expected to change its playoff structure once the new CBA is signed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Under the new format, seven teams from each conference would make the post-season, with only the top seed earning a first-round bye. The change would take effect for the 2020 season.
“That’s been agreed to for a long time,” one of Schefter’s sources said. “There wasn’t a lot of disagreement to that issue.”
Players on the teams that earn the bye would receive pay for that weekend, which was not the case under the current CBA.
The sides are still negotiating the number of regular-season games on the schedule, with the players needing to sign off on increasing the total to 17. If that alteration were to be made, it wouldn’t come into play until the 2021 season at the earliest, per Schefter.