The 2024 NFL season is scheduled to be the 105th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season is scheduled to begin on September 5, 2024, with reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City hosting the NFL Kickoff Game. The regular season is set to end on January 5, 2025.

2024 NFL season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 5, 2024 (2024-09-05) – January 5, 2025 (2025-01-05)
Start dateJanuary 11, 2025 (2025-01-11)
Super Bowl LIX
DateFebruary 9, 2025
SiteCaesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 2, 2025
2024 NFL season is located in the United States
AFC teams: West, North, South, East
2024 NFL season is located in the United States
NFC teams: West, North, South, East

The playoffs are then scheduled to start on January 11, and conclude with Super Bowl LIX, the league's championship game, at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 9.

Player movement edit

The 2024 NFL league year and trading period started on March 13. On March 11, teams were allowed to exercise options for 2024 on players with option clauses in their contracts, submit qualifying offers to their pending restricted free agents, and submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2023 contracts and fewer than three accrued seasons of free agent credit. Teams were required to be under the salary cap using the "top 51" definition (in which the 51 highest paid-players on the team's payroll must have a combined salary cap). On March 13, clubs were allowed to contact and begin contract negotiations with players whose contracts had expired and thus became unrestricted free agents.[1]

Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back DE Defensive end
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard[a] K Kicker[b] KR Kickoff returner LB Linebacker
LS Long snapper MLB Middle linebacker[c] OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman
OLB Outside linebacker NT Nose tackle P Punter PR Punt returner
QB Quarterback RS Return specialist RB Running back S Safety
SS Strong safety TE Tight end WR Wide receiver
  1. ^ Also known as Offensive guard (OG)
  2. ^ Also known as placekicker (PK)
  3. ^ Also known as Inside linebacker (ILB)

Free agency edit

Free agency began on March 13, 2024.[1] Notable players to change teams included:

Trades edit

The following notable trades were made during the 2024 league year:

  • March 13: New England traded QB Mac Jones to Jacksonville in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round selection.[2]
  • March 13: Cincinnati traded RB Joe Mixon to Houston in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round selection.[3]
  • March 13: Carolina traded LB Brian Burns and a 2024 fifth-round selection to the New York Giants in exchange for 2024 second- and fifth-round selections, and a 2025 conditional fifth-round selection.[4]
  • March 13: Pittsburgh traded WR Diontae Johnson and a 2024 seventh-round selection to Carolina in exchange for CB Donte Jackson and a 2024 sixth-round selection.[5]
  • March 13: Tampa Bay traded CB Carlton Davis, and 2024 and 2025 sixth-round selections to Detroit in exchange for a 2024 third-round selection.[6]
  • March 13: Baltimore traded OT Morgan Moses and a 2024 fourth-round selection (No. 134) to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2024 fourth- and sixth-round selection (Nos. 113 and 185).[7]
  • March 14: The Los Angeles Chargers traded WR Keenan Allen to Chicago in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round selection.[8]
  • March 14: Washington traded QB Sam Howell and 2024 fourth- and sixth-round selections to Seattle in exchange for 2024 third- and fifth-round selections.[9]
  • March 14: Atlanta traded QB Desmond Ridder to Arizona in exchange for WR Rondale Moore.[10]
  • March 15: Pittsburgh traded QB Kenny Pickett and a 2024 fourth-round selection to Philadelphia in exchange for a 2024 third-round selection and two 2025 seventh-round selections.[11]
  • March 22: Kansas City traded CB L'Jarius Sneed and a 2024 seventh-round selection to Tennessee in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round selection and a 2025 third-round selection.[12]
  • March 29: Philadelphia traded LB Haason Reddick to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional 2026 third-round selection.[13]
  • April 3: Buffalo traded WR Stefon Diggs, a 2024 sixth-round selection (No. 189 overall), and a 2025 fifth-round selection to Houston in exchange for a 2025 second-round selection.[14][15]

Retirements edit

Notable retirements

Other retirements

Draft edit

The 2024 NFL draft is scheduled to take place around Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan, on April 25–27.[39] Chicago will have the first selection via a trade from Carolina, who had the league's worst record in 2023.

2024 deaths edit

Pro Football Hall of Fame members edit

O. J. Simpson
Simpson played eleven seasons in the NFL as a running back with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro (all first-team), and the 1973 NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a four time NFL rushing yards leader (1972, 1973, 1975, 1976), two time NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1973, 1975), and the NFL scoring leader in 1975. He was also the first player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. He died on April 10, age 76.[40]

Rule changes edit

The following rule changes for the 2024 season were approved at the NFL Owners' Meeting on March 25–26:[41]

  • The hip-drop tackle, in which a player "grabs the runner with both hands or wraps the runner with both arms" and "unweights himself by swiveling and dropping his hips and/or lower body, landing on and trapping the runner's leg(s) at or below the knee," was made illegal, penalized as a personal foul (15 yards) and automatic first down if committed by the defense.
  • Coaches will receive a third challenge if either of their first two challenges are upheld. Previously, both challenges needed to be successful to receive a third challenge.
  • Major fouls committed by the offense will be enforced if both teams commit a foul on a play that results in a change of possession. Previously, major fouls committed by the offense were ignored in that situation.
  • The following rule changes for kickoffs will be in place for this season on a one-year trial basis, subject to renewal in 2025:[42]
    • While the kickoff will still be taken from the kicking team's 35-yard line, all players from the kicking team except the kicker must line up at the receiving team's 40-yard line.
    • The receiving team must have at least nine players in the "set-up zone" (the area between its own 35- and 30-yard lines) and may only have a maximum of two returners.
    • Except for the kicker and the returners, no player on either team may move until the ball either hits the ground, a receiving team player, or goes into the end zone. The kicker must also not cross midfield until those other players are allowed to move.
    • The kick must land in the "landing zone", between the 20-yard line and the end zone. If it lands short of the 20-yard line, it will be treated like a kick out-of-bounds and the receiving team would then get the ball at its 40-yard line.
    • If the kick sails into or beyond the end zone for a touchback, the receiving team would get the ball at its 30-yard line.
    • If the kick hits the landing zone before going into the end zone, it must be returned or downed by the receiving team. If downed, the receiving team would get the ball at its 20-yard line.
    • During the fourth quarter, the trailing team may choose to attempt an onside kick using the pre-2024 kickoff formation. If an onside kick goes beyond the receiving team's setup zone untouched, the receiving team would gain possession at the kicking team's 20 yard line.
  • Rulings of passer down by contact or out of bounds before throwing a pass were made reviewable.
  • Replay reviews when there is "clear and obvious visual evidence" that the game clock expired before the snap were authorized.
  • Teams are now allowed to elevate a quarterback from their practice squad as an emergency third quarterback. Previously, the emergency third quarterback needed to be on the active roster.
  • The trade deadline was moved from the Tuesday following Week 8 to the Tuesday following Week 9.[43]

Preseason edit

The majority of training camps are planned to open on July 24. The preseason is scheduled to begin on August 1 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between Chicago (represented in the 2024 Hall of Fame class by Devin Hester, Steve McMichael, and Julius Peppers) and Houston (represented by Andre Johnson).[44]

Regular season edit

The season is planned to be played over an 18-week schedule, beginning on September 5, with the NFL Kickoff Game. Each of the league's 32 teams plays 17 games, with one bye week. The regular season is then scheduled to end on January 5, 2025; all games during the final weekend will be intra-division games, as it has been since 2010.[1]

Each team plays the other three teams in its own division twice, one game against each of the four teams from a division in its own conference, one game against each of the four teams from a division in the other conference, one game against each of the remaining two teams in its conference that finished in the same position in their respective divisions the previous season (e.g., the team that finished fourth in its division would play all three other teams in its conference that also finished fourth in their divisions), and one game against a team in another division in the other conference that also finished in the same position in their respective division the previous season.[45]

The division pairings for 2024 are as follows:[45]

Four intra-conference games
AFC East vs AFC South
AFC North vs AFC West
NFC East vs NFC South
NFC North vs NFC West

Four interconference games
AFC East vs NFC West
AFC North vs NFC East
AFC South vs NFC North
AFC West vs NFC South

Interconference game by 2023 position
AFC East at NFC North
AFC North at NFC South
AFC South at NFC East
AFC West at NFC West

Highlights of the 2024 season are planned to include (unless otherwise noted) the following, with all specific teams and kickoff times planned to be announced in spring 2024:

Postseason edit

The 2024 playoffs are scheduled to begin with the wild-card round, with three wild-card games played in each conference. Wild Card Weekend is planned for January 11–13, 2025. In the Divisional round, scheduled for January 18–19, the top seed in the conference will play the lowest remaining seed and the other two remaining teams will play each other. The winners of those games will advance to the Conference Championship games scheduled for January 26. Super Bowl LIX is scheduled for February 9 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1]

Head coaching and front office changes edit

Head coaches edit

Team Departing coach Interim coach Incoming coach Reason for leaving Notes
Atlanta Falcons Arthur Smith Raheem Morris Fired Smith was fired on January 8, after three seasons with the Falcons. During his tenure, the team was 21–30 (.412), with no playoff appearances.[51]

Morris was hired on January 25. Morris was previously the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams from 20212023. This is his third head coaching position, having previously served as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 20092011, as well as the interim head coach of the Falcons during the 2020 season, compiling an overall record of 21–38 (.356).[52]

Carolina Panthers Frank Reich Chris Tabor Dave Canales On November 27, 2023, Reich was fired after a 1–10 (.091) start in his first year as Panthers' head coach. Tabor, the team's special teams coordinator, was elevated as interim head coach. This was his first experience as head coach.[53] He finished the season with a 1–5 (.167) record.

Canales was hired on January 25. A long-time offensive assistant for Seattle, he was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2023 season. This is his first head coaching position at any level.[54]

Las Vegas Raiders Josh McDaniels Antonio Pierce After a 3–5 (.375) start, McDaniels was fired on October 31, 2023, after one and a half seasons with the team. During his tenure, the Raiders were 9–16 (.360) with no playoff appearances.[55]

Pierce, the team's linebackers coach, was promoted to interim head coach. This was his first head coaching position.[56] He finished the season with a 5–4 (.556) record.

On January 19, Pierce was named the full-time head coach of the Raiders.[57]

Los Angeles Chargers Brandon Staley Giff Smith Jim Harbaugh After a 5–9 (.357) start, Staley was fired on December 15 after almost three seasons with the team. During his tenure, the Chargers were 24–24 (.500) with one playoff appearance and no playoff wins.[58]

Smith, the team's outside linebackers coach, was elevated as interim head coach. This was his first head coaching position.[59] He finished the season with a 0–3 (.000) record.

Harbaugh was hired on January 24. This is his second NFL coaching position, previously coaching the San Francisco 49ers from 20112014, leading them to two NFC West division titles, three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance, ending his tenure with a regular season record of 44–19–1 (.695). He was most recently the head coach at Michigan from 20152023, leading the Wolverines to three College Football Playoff appearances and a National Championship in 2023. His college experience also included stints at San Diego and Stanford, and his overall college record was 144–52 (.735).[60]

New England Patriots Bill Belichick Jerod Mayo Mutual agreement On January 11, Belichick and the Patriots mutually agreed to part ways after 24 seasons together. In that period, the team compiled a regular season record of 266–121 (.687), winning the AFC East division title 17 times with 18 overall playoff appearances. In the post-season, the team compiled a record of 30–12 (.714), with 13 AFC Championship Game appearances, nine Super Bowl appearances, and six Super Bowl championships (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, and LIII).[61]

Mayo was hired on January 12. A Patriots linebacker from 2008 to 2015 (Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008) and a Patriots defensive coach from 2019 to 2023, this is his first head coaching position at any level.[62]

Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll Mike Macdonald Reassigned On January 10, Carroll was reassigned to an advisor role after 14 seasons as head coach of the Seahawks. During his tenure, the team was 137–89–1 (.606). The team made the playoffs ten times, including five NFC West division titles, two Super Bowl appearances, the Super Bowl XLVIII championship, and an overall playoff record of 10–9 (.526).[63]

Macdonald was hired on January 31. A long time Ravens defensive assistant, he was most recently the Ravens' defensive coordinator from 20222023. This is his first head coaching position at any level.[64]

Tennessee Titans Mike Vrabel Brian Callahan Fired On January 9, Vrabel was fired after six seasons with the Titans. During his tenure, the team was 54–45 (.545), with two AFC South division titles in three overall playoff appearances, and a playoff record of 2–3 (.400).[65]

Callahan was hired on January 24. A long time offensive assistant for several teams, he was most recently the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator from 20192023. This is his first head coaching position at any level.[66]

Washington Commanders Ron Rivera Dan Quinn On January 8, Rivera was fired after four seasons with the Commanders. During his tenure, the team was 26–40–1 (.396), with one playoff appearance and no playoff wins.[67]

Quinn was hired on February 3. This is his second head coaching position, previously coaching the Atlanta Falcons from 20152020, leading them to two playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance, ending his tenure with a regular season record of 43–42 (.506). He was most recently the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys from 20212023, with his unit leading the league in takeaways all three years.[68]

Front office edit

Team Position Departing office holder Interim replacement Incoming office holder Reason for leaving Notes
Carolina Panthers General manager Scott Fitterer Dan Morgan Fired Fitterer was fired on January 8 after three seasons with the team. During his tenure, the Panthers were 14–37 (.275) with no playoff appearances.[69]

On January 22, Morgan was promoted from assistant general manager to president of football operation/general manager.[70]

Las Vegas Raiders Dave Ziegler Champ Kelly Tom Telesco After a 3–5 start, Ziegler was fired on October 31, 2023, after one and a half seasons with the team. During his tenure, the Raiders were 9–16 (.360) with no playoff appearances.[55]

Kelly, the team's assistant general manager, would serve as interim GM for the rest of the season.[71]

Telesco, who spent the last 11 seasons as general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers, was hired on January 23.[72]

Los Angeles Chargers Tom Telesco JoJo Wooden Joe Hortiz Telesco was fired on December 15, 2023, after 11 seasons with the team.[58] Wooden, the team's director of player personnel, served as interim GM for the rest of the season.[59]

Hortiz was hired on January 30. He previously served for the Baltimore Ravens from 1998 to 2023 in various executive roles and as director of player personnel the last five seasons.[73]

New England Patriots Bill Belichick Eliot Wolf Mutual agreement On January 11, the Patriots and head coach and de facto GM Belichick agreed to part ways after 24 seasons,[61] with director of scouting Wolf having final say on personnel decisions.[74]
Washington Commanders Martin Mayhew Adam Peters Reassigned On January 15, the Commanders hired Peters, assistant GM of the 49ers, as GM.[75] Mayhew was reassigned to senior personnel executive and advisor to Peters.[76]

Stadiums edit

  • On February 28, Washington announced that FedEx ended its naming rights agreement for what was FedExField two years before the scheduled end of the agreement. The franchise renamed the stadium Commanders Field while seeking a new sponsor.[77][78]

Uniforms edit

Uniform changes edit

  • Denver announced that they will unveil new uniforms on April 22—the team's first uniform change since 1997. The current primary logo and color scheme will be retained.[79]
  • Detroit announced that they would be unveiling new uniforms on April 18.[80]
  • Houston announced that the team will implement four separate new designs, replacing the original uniform set used by the franchise since its inception. A new shade of "H-Town Blue" will be incorporated on at least two of the designs. The original primary logo will be retained and the uniforms will be fully introduced during the week of the 2024 NFL draft.[81][82]
  • Jacksonville will introduce a throwback uniform based on their 1990s design.[83][84]
  • The New York Jets replaced their current designs with a new set that utilizes the team's "Legacy White" throwback as its base template. Green and black versions of the uniform were unveiled on April 15. The helmet's nose bumper text was changed from "Jets" to "NY". Green and black pants were added to the set.[85][86][87]

Alternate helmets edit

In April 2024, the NFL expanded its alternate helmet rule to include a third helmet option. The four teams that underwent a re-design process prior to the season, as noted above, have been offered a third helmet option, and it will be available to all teams starting in the 2025 NFL season. These alternate helmets can be paired with a team's classic or alternate uniform, and if it is for with the classic uniform, the helmet colors and designs must be historically compatible.[88]

Media edit

National edit

Linear television edit

This will be the second season under 11-year U.S. media rights agreements with CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN/ABC along with its Spanish counterparts ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and Telemundo Deportes.[89] Under these linear television rights:

  • Sunday afternoon games are split between CBS and Fox (each network will be airing ten Doubleheaders, with both networks airing one in Weeks 1 and 18). Both networks will continue to carry the Sunday afternoon AFC and NFC packages, respectively. On Thanksgiving afternoon this season, CBS will have the early Detroit game and Fox the late Dallas game.[89] Fox also has the rights to air at least one Christmas game.[90] CBS also has the option of producing alternative broadcasts of selected games on Nickelodeon.[89]
  • NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football, the NFL Kickoff Game, and the primetime Thanksgiving game.[89] While NBC usually airs the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, this year’s edition is expected to air on a different network as NBC will be broadcasting the Summer Olympics during that time.
  • ESPN will continue to produce Monday Night Football and a doubleheader on the last Saturday of the season. Most of these games will be televised exclusively on ESPN. Three selected Mondays will feature doubleheaders, with one game airing on ABC and the other game on ESPN. Other selected Mondays may be ABC/ESPN simulcasts.[89] On April 10, 2024, ESPN signed a contract extension with Omaha Productions to produce the alternative Manningcast on ESPN2 on selected Mondays through 2034.[91]
  • NFL Network will air selected International Series and late-season games.

Streaming edit

  • This will be the third year of a 12-year deal with Amazon Prime Video and Twitch to exclusively stream Thursday Night Football.[92] This will also be the second season that Amazon/Twitch will stream the game on the Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving.[49] DirecTV has an agreement with Amazon's to distribute Thursday Night Football games to business establishments.[93]
  • Peacock will simulcast NBC's games.[89] The platform will also exclusively stream the NFL International Series game in Brazil.[94][95] Peacock's exclusive game will be distribute to business establishments via Peacock Sports Pass on EverPass Media.[96]
  • ESPN+ has the rights to exclusively stream one selected International Series game.[97] as well as simulcast select ESPN and all ABC games.[89] ESPN+'s exclusive games will be distribute to business establishments via the ESPN+ for Business pacakge on DirecTV.[98][failed verification]
  • Paramount+ will simulcast in market and national CBS games.[89]
  • This will be the second season that the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market sports package will stream on YouTube TV, as well as on YouTube's Primetime Channels service as a standalone subscription option.[99] DirecTV will also distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to business establishments.[100][101]
  • The league's streaming service NFL+ will continue to live stream in-market regular season and postseason games on mobile devices only, radio broadcasts for all games, most out-of-market preseason games and a live stream of NFL Network on its base tier, and replays of games along with a live stream of NFL RedZone on its premium tier.[102]
  • In February 2024, ESPN, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans to launch a joint venture sports streaming platform, which is expected to launch in time for the 2024 season and would stream all ESPN, ABC, and in market and national Fox games, subject to affiliate participation where applicable.[103][104] The NFL was not informed about the service in advance of the announcement, and is investigating whether it could block the service from carrying its games.[105]

Postseason edit

All four broadcast partners will air at least one Wild Card round game, with CBS and Fox airing a AFC and NFC Wild Card game, respectively. NBC will air the Sunday night game under the fourth year of its seven-year deal.[106][107][108] ESPN/ABC will broadcast the Monday night Wild Card game, its fourth in a five year deal.[109][110] CBS will air a second game in the wild card round as part of its rotation with Fox and NBC.

Amazon Prime Video will exclusively air a Wild Card playoff game for the first time during the 2024 season (it previously simulcast one CBS Wild Card playoff games on the platform in the 2021 and 2022 seasons), purchasing the rights to the game that was aired by Peacock last season.[111][112]

This will be the second season that all four broadcast television partners air one divisional playoff game per season (ESPN/ABC, Fox, CBS, and NBC).[113]

Fox will televise Super Bowl LIX in the annual rotation of Super Bowl broadcasters.[114]

Personnel changes edit

Tom Brady is set to begin his broadcasting career as Fox's lead color commentator, joining Kevin Burkhardt. Brady will replace Greg Olsen.[115]

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