Here is my proposal: The roster limits would still be the same: 53 active players 8 practice squad players Injured Reserve - no limit on the number of players here. Salary cap still applies The PUP would now apply ONLY to training camp. Once training camp ends, a player on the PUP would go to the IR or the Active Roster. Under this scenario, the Injured reserve becomes like the disabled list in baseball. Injured Reserve List: A player can not participate in practice or games for two (2) weeks. Once the two weeks have passed, the player must pass a physical. The physical must be signed off by the team physician and the player. The results of the physical must be filed with the league. A player failing the physical can not practice with the team A player passing the physical would then be moved to a new category called IR/Practice and could begin practicing with the team. The injury settlement rules would still apply. IR/Practice List: Teams may have up to 4 players on the IR/Practice List at any one time. Teams can activate a player from the IR/Practice list at any time there is an active roster spot available. A player on the IR/Practice list, who has been practicing for four weeks or more, may file a request with the NFL request that the team release him. The league would notify the team of the request. However, the player would be required to repay 50% of all remaining amortized signing bonus (to be credited to their salary cap as an LTBE credit the next season) and would not be released until he'd payed the team back. A player released in this manner cannot sign with another team for two weeks after being released from his original team. Any player released at his request with 4 weeks or less remaining in the regular season will not be eligible to sign with any team before the end of the league season (after the SuperBowl). A player who is on the IR/Practice List at the end of the season (after the SuperBowl) can be signed by another team via the same rules as players who were on the Practice Squad during the regular season (the waiver system would not apply). Now, I've put some thought into this but I am sure there are some holes in it, but I've tried to close most of them. I am open for constructive criticism. I tried to make this as much of a double-edged sword as possible for both the players and the teams.