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NFL, NFLPA Agree To Trade Deadline Extension, IR Change

St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has two more weeks for wheeling and dealing.
St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has two more weeks for wheeling and dealing.

The NFLPA and NFL finally reached an agreement on Thursday that cements the proposed rule change to push back the NFL trade deadline by two weeks, something the wheeling and dealing Les Snead is no doubt marking on his calendar. They also agreed to a rule change for injured reserve, allowing teams to bring back a designated player on IR.

The trade deadline moves to the Tuesday after Week 8, October 30, right after the Rams play their London game. More time to assess needs and take a an accurate reading of the second half of the season could result in more trading as some teams look for that last piece, a quality replacement and others look to clear salary space for the years ahead.

I don't expect anything like the madness that is baseball's trade deadline, but there could be more moves along the lines of Brandon Lloyd last year.

The IR rule allows teams to bring back one designated player who lands on IR after 4 p.m. on Sep. 4 or thereafter during the season. Trevor Laws, the only Rams player on IR, would not be eligible.