A number of NFL owners hope the proposed collective bargaining agreement doesn’t pass with the players because they believe they can negotiate a better deal, with eyes on an 18-game season in the future, a league source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Saturday.

The owners told commissioner Roger Goodell of their belief at an owners meeting in New York in February, the source said, citing frustration with the players’ monetary increases and the increase in the size of active rosters.

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The owners approved the proposed CBA last month, although ESPN reported at the time that the vote was not unanimous.

Three-fourths of the owners had to approve the CBA for it to be ratified.

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