NFL owners are pitching a new idea to the players regarding the regular season schedule.

The collective bargaining negotiations between the NFL and the players’ association are to get underway shortly with the owners proposing an 18-game regular season.

The owners have been interested in expanding the regular season for a while now so they could get more revenue. However, this time around the owners are adding a wrinkle to it by attaching a 16-game limit on individual players. This way it helps ease fears concerning player-safety with the added games.

Also, part of the discussions in adding two games to the schedule is expanding the roster size.

While it seems like a positive to their proposal for more games, there are still some drawbacks. For example, a star player could be a healthy scratch for a late season game, which has playoff implications, because he has already played in 16 games. On the other hand, by adding two more games, the league could generate around $2.5 billion which could also be a benefit to the players.

Negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA are scheduled to take place from July 17 to the 19 in three different sessions. The NFL would like to have a new CBA hammered out prior to games starting in September.