NFL "urgently" discussing adding two teams to the postseason

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is talking about removing the fourth preseason game while adding two teams to the postseason field.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, the league is "urgently" discussing the idea of expanding the postseason field from 12 to 14 teams. Theoretically, this would add a third wild card team in each conference to join the four division champions. It would also give the team with the third seed a bye week, or remove the bye week from the second seeded team depending on how they apply it. One of the measures included is the removal of a fourth preseason game but keeping the 16-game regular season schedule.

Discussions are in largely in their infancy stages with a lot of things to work out but they could be "implemented as early as 2014 if the NFL can procure the necessary votes from team owners."

The league also would need to establish a new preseason scheduling formula, get sponsorship agreements and resolves a few stadium lease issues, sources said. The NFL's competition committee recommended the three-game preseason model as the minimum necessary period for player evaluation and development, sources said.

The current format was established in 2002 when re-alignment increased the number of divisions in each conference from three to four. Each division winner earned a postseason berth, along with two Wild Card teams that earned the best record (usually via tie-breakers) without winning their respective division as the fifth and sixth seed.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker