An extended regular season has been a goal of NFL team owners for years, but Tuesday’s vote that approved a 17th gamewas not unanimous among the owners.
The chairman of the bears, George H. McCaskey, voted against the measure, according to four sources who attended the videoconference.
The bears didn’t immediately return a call from ESPN.
Tuesday’s vote was long awaited and hailed as a “monumental moment in NFL history” by Commissioner Roger Goodell. But it has also been a source of tension for many players, including Alvin Kamara of New Orleans Saints, who tweeted earlier this week that it was “S — stupid … as hell”.
The NFL Players Association voted for a new collective agreement in March 2020.