Mike Florio, at ProFootballTalk.com, wrote an article about this a couple of days ago. I waited to see if anyone would post about it, but no one has, and it might interest some of you.
The key to this attempt is the new twist that is being suggested, and here it is, per Florio.
"... the only way to add two games would be to expand the season while limiting each player's participation to 16 (games) per season. ... exceptions could be made for specialist and quarterbacks, ... a union source has described the possibility of an 18 game season with a 16 game limit per player as 'facinating'.". www.profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/category/rumor-mill/page/10/
This seems like an interesting suggestion to me, for the following reasons.
1. The players won't have to play any extra games.
2. The NFL gets the 2 extra games they want.
3. The 2 extra games will increase the size of the pie going to both owners and players.
4. By forcing all starters to set out 2 games, this should increase the salaries of backup players. Teams could no longer load up the bottom of their roster with low paid rookies and UDFA's, and just hope to get through the season without having to play them.
While I don't have a big problem with the Punter and Kickers being excepted from the 16 games limit, but I do have a problem exempting the QB's though, feeling all position players should be treated the same.