The NFL’s decision to allow the New England Patriots to participate in the NFL Draft could provide the league a rare opportunity to address the growing concerns of the league’s players about the league and its owners.
The league is trying to expand its roster to 15 teams.
It has previously restricted players from participating in any free agency, signing and trade activities.
Players’ unions have objected, saying the draft process is unfair to them and is too slow.
The league has responded that it is not seeking to restrict players from playing.
If it does, it would be a huge step in the right direction.
The draft, which opens in two weeks, will be a chance for the league to try to address its growing concerns about player safety, player compensation, and player welfare.
In recent years, the league has faced criticism for its handling of player injuries and deaths.
It has a reputation for overreacting to incidents of domestic violence, such as the death of Seahawks linebacker Brenden Fletcher in 2014, and for allowing players to sign with other teams before the start of training camp.
The New York Times reported last year that the NFL had spent $400 million on health and safety training for its players.
But many league officials say that they have been able to improve safety for the players and have made significant strides in addressing player safety in recent years.
Last week, the NFL and the union agreed to work on a draft reform proposal that would allow teams to use their pick to draft players who are not on the 53-man roster.
The proposal also would allow the NFL to use its first-round pick on a player who is not on a team’s 53-player roster.
Players’ unions said the draft reform could give them a chance to improve their bargaining position with the league.
“We want to make sure that players feel the benefit of the draft, and we want to get to the point where the league can make its picks,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told reporters last week.
As part of the proposal, the union would need to agree to new collective bargaining agreements with the NFL by Jan. 1, 2020.