I agree with Chappy but why stop there? There needs to be a balance.
1 merger = 1 bye week.
The following teams should merge under the 'piss off franchise' teams rule:
Port + Adelaide. When your city is more than half a street in length you can have another team.
West Coast + Freo. Drug cheats should have merged during the cousin's saga
Brisbane + Gold Coast. No explanation needed.
Sydney + GWS. AFL has already propped up 1 NSW team for over a decade. GWS is a failed experiment
Essendon + Carlton. They cheap enough separately so if they merge there will be less cheating.
It means your supporters feel let down and think your club sucks. Having never finished below 12th a club like Geelong gets only gold and gifts dumped at it's doors. Maybe in 100 years you'll be appreciated in the sporting world as much as Geelong.