A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the NFL Players Association has given specifics on its counter proposal to an 18-game regular season.
In order to have an 18-game season, the players want two bye weeks, increased rosters of up to five spots and the practice squad could also be expanded. They are also seeking a two-thirds reduction of off-season workouts.
The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the details.
The owners want to play 18 regular-season and two pre-season games, instead of the current breakdown of 16 and four. That's one issue to be hashed out during the collective bargaining negotiations between the league and the union. The current agreement expires in March, raising fears of a potential lockout.