Source: Lions agree to terms on a one-year deal with WR Maurice Stovall

Posted by ttwentyman on June 4, 2012 – 4:41 pm

The Lions have agreed to terms on a new one-year contract for receiver Maurice Stovall, according to a league source.

Stovall (6-5, 220) played in 15 games for the Lions last year (mostly on special teams) with one reception for eight yards. The Lions signed him to a one-year free agent contract last August. He spent his first five seasons with the Buccaneers.

The Lions released WR Jared Karstetter to make room for Stovall on the 90-man roster.

Stovall’s signing instantly makes the Lions’ special teams units better.


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NFL could use replacement officials for the 2012 season

Posted by ttwentyman on June 4, 2012 – 3:14 pm

The NFL and NFL Referee Association failed to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement and the NFL is now taking steps toward hiring and training replacement referees for the 2012 season.

“Negotiations with the NFL Referees Association on a new collective bargaining agreement remain unresolved and the previous CBA has expired,” The NFL said in a statement Monday. “Therefore, in order to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season we will proceed immediately with the hiring and training of replacement officials.

“Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games.”

The previous deal ran from 2006 through last season. The two sides have been negotiating a new CBA since last October with no resolution.

“A negotiating session took place Sunday under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service,” the NFL statement read. “We appreciate the efforts of the FMCS and will continue to be available to the NFLRA and the FMCS to negotiate a fair resolution. We have great respect for our officials and in keeping with that view have made a proposal that includes substantial increases in compensation for all game officials.”

Regional training sessions for replacement officials will begin later this month.

Referees counsel Mike Arnold told the Associated Press those replacements are “amateur referees.”

“It is unfortunate that as referees’ responsibilities are expanded that the NFL would jeopardize player health and safety and the integrity of the game by seeking amateur, under-qualified referees to administer professional games,” Arnold told the Associated Press.

In 2001, the league used replacement officials for one preseason game, then the first weekend of the regular season. An agreement was then reached.

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