Late Wednesday night, the NFL and NFL Referees Association agreed to terms on a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement that will return the officials to the field for Week 4 games.
“The long-term future of our game requires that we seek improvement in every area, including officiating,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “This agreement supports long-term reforms that will make officiating better. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality in officiating.
“We look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on the field, and I want to give a special thanks to NFL fans for their passion. Now it’s time to put the focus back on the teams and players where it belongs.”
The new deal runs through the 2019 season and is the longest with game officials in NFL history.
The league announced the following crew for Denver’s game vs. Oakland on Sunday: Referee Pete Morelli, Umpire Darrell Jenkins, Head Linesman Dana Mckenzie, Line Judge John Hussey, Field Judge Jon Lucivansky, Side Judge Don Carlsen and Back Judge Rob Vernatchi.
Fourteenth-year cornerback Champ Bailey said he’s most looking forward to being able to resume the type of communication that he has grown accustomed to with the veteran officiating crews.