The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly deciding whether to change payment plans, with the league going from 17 game checks to a year-round salary, according to USA Today.
The plan could offer more financial stability to younger players, even though the lowest-paid players in the NFL are still making six figures. But not having as much money paid at once could divert excess spending to a young athlete that might otherwise spend more than he should.
This could also be a situation, the report states, where veterans could opt out and still take the 17 game checks instead of the year-round salary plan.
In the long run, it might be better for younger players to go this route. Then again, if a player wants to excessively spend money, they'll do so regardless of how much they get at one time.
Another aspect of this would be offseason pay, especially for players that are on rosters that will inevitably not be once rosters are trimmed to 53. Those players could theoretically expect a pay increase for their time during the offseason as a result.
Of course, this has yet to be implemented and may not be. But it's something the NFLPA will likely continue to push for.
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