NFL Trade Deadline Changes: Teams Have More Flexibility with New Rules”.

NFL trade deadline extended to after Week 9

Starting in the 2024 season, the NFL trade deadline will be changing to the Tuesday after Week 9. This rule change was approved during the NFL’s annual meetings, with a proposal from Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry garnering support from several teams to move the deadline back two weeks after Week 10.

However, it was not Berry’s original proposal that passed. Instead, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ proposal to push the deadline back only one week that received the necessary three-fourths approval to pass. Berry’s rationale for his original proposal was to give teams greater flexibility as they approached the second half of the regular season. This move was seen as a way to maintain competitive integrity and provide teams with more time before considering roster changes.

Berry also pointed out that the trade deadline had not been adjusted when the NFL transitioned to an 18-week regular season schedule. The new deadline after Week 9 is seen as a compromise that allows for added flexibility while ensuring teams remain competitive heading into the latter part of the season.

Since 2012, the NFL trade deadline has fallen on the Tuesday after Week 8, but starting this season, teams will have until 4 p.m. ET on November 5 to finalize any deals before the second half of the regular season begins.

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