They say it’s better to be late than never.
The NFL has been behind other professional sports in the incorporation of a developmental league. Commissioner Roger Goodell is hoping that the NFL will catch up.
At the fall league meetings in Houston on Wednesday, Goodell said that the possible implementation of a developmental league was a priority amongst all owners.
“We’ve talked about it, some of you may have heard. We spent a fair amount of time at the meeting on what we call the 2020 Plan. Which is talking about how we plan for the future and the things we want to accomplish. And one of them is obviously the game and how do we improve the game.
“A developmental league could be something that we want to do to try to help develop players. We pick up on the rosters from the start of the season to the end of the season probably three-to-four hundred players on average. Having those players ready to play as quickly as possible, developed so their skill sets are furthered, those are all positive things about the long-term future of the game. So I particularly have an interest in it and would like to make sure we’re evaluating that as something that can help improve our game and improve the players.”
Players that don’t make the NFL often play in the CFL or AFL, but those leagues have no affiliation with the NFL. A developmental league would give the NFL a direct pipeline to players who are enriching their skills.
The NBA and MLB have both done a nice job with their development leagues. It would behoove the NFL to continue to try to get a developmental league of their own.