Adam Schefter is reporting the details of the new retirement benefits for NFL referees:
Retirement benefits will be provided for new hires, and for all officials beginning in 2017, through a defined contribution arrangement, which will have two elements: an annual league contribution made on behalf of each game official that will begin with an average of more than $18,000 per official and increase to more than $23,000 per official in 2019, and a partial match on any additional contribution that an official makes to his 401(k) account.
A deal between the NFL and the locked-out officials is done, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore on Thursday night. A labor deal had been reached late Wednesday after months of difficult negotiations, but the era of the replcaement officials is finally over.
ESPN is preparing a “character study” of Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams
Rams RB Steven Jackson was held out of practice Wednesday as he is still struggling with a groin injury.
Seahawks WR Golden Tate is admitting he pushed Packers CB Sam Shields on the game-winning touchdown catch Monday night that has turned the NFL upside down.
The NFL will have Ed Houchuli to thank for keeping the locked-out officials prepared to make an immediate return to action. Every Tuesday night, Houchuli has been holding rules-related conference calls with all officials, keeping them prepared for a return to the NFL at any moment.
The Chargers signed WR Malcom Floyd to a three-year contract extension, keeping him in San Diego until at least 2015.
Cardinlas QB John Skelton (ankle) was limited in Wednesday’s practice.