A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the NFL Players Association has given specifics on its counter proposal to an 18-game regular season.
In order to have an 18-game season, the players want two bye weeks, increased rosters of up to five spots and the practice squad could also be expanded. They are also seeking a two-thirds reduction of offseason workouts.
The owners want to play 18 regular-season and two preseason games, instead of the current breakdown of 16 and four. That’s one issue to be hashed out during the collective bargaining negotiations between the league and the union.
AN OUT IN MCNABB’S BIG NEW CONTRACT
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Nothing is straightforward about Donovan McNabb. It turns out the $40 million he is supposed to be guaranteed in his new contract could turn out to be $3.5 million.
McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, clarified some of the details of McNabb’s deal. He says while the contract is worded so it has “$40 million in guarantees,” the Redskins have an option to cut McNabb at the end of the season with no further money due.
Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed, who began the season as one of the 10 most accurate kickers in NFL history but has been erratic all season, was cut and replaced by former Redskins and Cowboys kicker Shaun Suisham. ... Chargers owner Alex Spanos is looking to sell a minority stake to help with estate planning. ... The Chargers’ game at Indianapolis on Nov. 28 will remain a Sunday night game. ... The Bengals signed former Ohio State University kicker Aaron Pettrey to replace Mike Nugent. ... The Giants signed receiver Derek Hagan and placed Ramses Barden on injured reserve. ... The Arizona Cardinals’ starting offensive right tackle, Brandon Keith, is out for the remainder of the season because of hamstring and knee injuries. ... With Jimmy Clausen battling a concussion, the Carolina Panthers promoted quarterback Brian St. Pierre from the practice squad. ... Prosecutors dropped a felony aggravated battery charge against Miami Dolphins reserve defensive end Phillip Merling. ... Quarterback Tyler Thigpen took practice snaps running the Miami Dolphins’ offense for the first time this season, while Chad Henne sat out the team’s only workout in preparation for Thursday night’s game against Chicago. ... The Browns waived veteran quarterback Brett Ratliff, one of several moves on a busy day off for the club. The team also waived punter Dave Zastudil, who had been on injured reserve with a knee injury, placed starting offensive guard Billy Yates on injured reserve with a biceps injury and signed defensive back Eric King and kick returner Clifton Smith.