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NFL Competition Committee Proposes Extending Trade Deadline

The NFL sees a more active trading period this season, and wants to push the trade deadline back by two weeks.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during a news conference ahead of Superbowl XLVI on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during a news conference ahead of Superbowl XLVI on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The NFL Competition Committee revealed on a Wednesday conference call a proposal to extend the NFL trade deadline. The committee's proposed change the bylaws would move the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8 of the regular season.

Committee chairman Rich McKay noted the league's belief that collective bargaining agreement and its changes to rules governing the salary cap would create more trading among NFL teams. Pushing the deadline back would presumably grow the number of trades happening as teams had more time to recognize needs and negotiate deals.

McKay acknowledged that the NFL trade deadline was "disappointing" compared to deadline activity in other professional sports leagues.

The popularity of the NFL Draft and free agency has exploded in recent years. Networks give round the clock coverage to both events. In February, the league let a small troupe of fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium to watch future NFL players go through drills at the Combine. A more active trading period during the season would capture some of that same enthusiasm from fans.

The proposed rule changes presented by the competition committee will be voted on at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, FL, next week. Rule changes must be approved by 24 of 32 owners.