• Report: NFL owners voting on rule banning players from leaping during FG, XP attempts
    Sports Illustrated

    Report: NFL owners voting on rule banning players from leaping during FG, XP attempts

    The NFL is expected to pass a rule prohibiting players from leaping during field goal and extra point attempts, reports ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. The Philadelphia Eagles first proposed the rule change, and it gained support from the NFL Players Association. Leaping is called when any defender runs forward and leaps, attempting to block a field goal or extra point, and lands on any player from the opposing team.

  • Steelers shell out $1 million dollars without signing a free agent
    Behind the Steel Curtain

    Steelers shell out $1 million dollars without signing a free agent

    The Pittsburgh Steelers took another hit to their precarious salary cap position on Tuesday. Did the Steelers sign another free agent? No. The Steelers had to make the final installment from their borrowing $3 million against the salary cap in 2011 and another $1.5 million in 2012. This was done for teams to be able to retain high-priced veterans. (I will not go into detail on what transpired with the money as the only article I found was “difficult” to read.) This was the maximum allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Carryover money was not allowed to be used for repayments. The deduction leaves Pittsburgh with $15,791,718 in cap space left. That amount is still misleading as

  • Need to Know: Redskins' rule change rejected but others will make game safer, move faster
    CSN Mid-Atlantic

    Need to Know: Redskins' rule change rejected but others will make game safer, move faster

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 29, 29 days before the April 27 NFL draft. Timeline Days until: —Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 19 —Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 44 —Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 56 —Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 108 —First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 156 Rule changes with commentary —Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays. Tandler: While it’s a fun play when it’s executed properly I can see the player safety angle of it. I’m not sure why teams didn’t just run some placement kicks with delayed snaps to get a free five yards because once a player has committed to the leap he can’t stop. —Makes permanent the rule that