NFL considering adding 7th playoff team per conference

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

The NFL is considering a proposal to the new collective bargaining agreement that would provide for a seventh playoff team per conference, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

As a result, only the No. 1 seed per conference would secure a first-round bye; no longer would the No. 2 seeds in the AFC and NFC get byes.

The new playoff format would commence during the 2020 season.

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As a result of the NFL and the NFLPA agreeing in the CBA to expand the playoff format to include a seventh team per conference, it would also open up the viability of extending the NFL regular season from 16 games to 17.