NFL owners will vote on the addition of a booth umpire or “sky judge” at next weeks second round of virtual league meetings, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The two proposals involving a "sky judge" concept also remain on the docket for discussion at next Thursday's virtual meeting. Regardless of whether either passes, some version likely will be tested in the preseason.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 21, 2020
The proposal — introduced by the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers — would introduce an eighth game official in the booth, who would have access to additional video feeds and consult the on-field umpires. It is still unclear how much decision making power or influence the “sky judge” would have.
The Ravens and Chargers also submitted a proposal to add a senior technology advisor that would assist the officiating crew on game day.
According to Pelissero, the Competition Committee expressed support for further exploration of the idea last month.
In last month's Competition Committee report, the committee said it supports further analysis of on-field officials being assisted by officiating personnel who have access to a video feed. That is significant; where that personnel's power would begin and end is a big question. https://t.co/l0kTC2CYfE— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 21, 2020
The “sky judge” proposal would act as a replacement for the NFL’s disastrous attempt at instituting replay for pass interference calls. Conducted on a trial-run basis last season, pass interference replay will not return in 2020.
In addition to the booth umpire and senior technology advisor proposals, owners will also vote on an alternative to the onside kick during their second virtual meeting on May 28.
Report: Bengals Trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks for B.J. Finney, Draft Pick
The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly shipping defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick, according to multiple reports.
Dunlap has been used sparingly by Cincinnati this season, causing a rift between the player and the organization. Tempers boiled over during the Bengals’ 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, as Dunlap was seen arguing with a coach on the sideline toward the end of the game.
Cincinnati will happy to distances themselves from Dunlap and bolster their offensive line in return, which has allowed the most sacks in the league with 28.
Dunlap appears equally as eager to leave Cincinnati, posting the following video on his Instagram after news of the trade broke.
As for Seattle, they add some much-needed pass rush help to a defense that has just nine sacks on the season and is second-worst in the league against the pass. Finney had not played a single offensive snap for the Seahawks this season, but was utilized on special teams.
Selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Dunlap has spent his entire eleven-year career with Cincinnati and been selected to two Pro Bowls. He is the Bengals’ all-time leader in sacks (82.5) and tackles-for-loss (103).
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in 2015, Finney played four seasons in Pittsburgh as a plug-and-play offensive lineman before signing with Seattle this offseason. He started 13 games over his Steeler career.
NFL, NFLPA Announce 19 New Positives From Last Testing Period
The NFL and NFLPA have announced their latest COVID-19 results from their most recent testing period.
The league had 19 new positive cases between Oct. 18 to 24. There were eight new positive tests among players and eleven among staff members.
In total, 42,687 total tests were administered to 7,817 players and personnel over the seven-day period.
The NFL has had 55 positives from players and 82 among personnel dating back to Aug. 1. Over 500,000 total tests have been administered.
Tier 1 and 2 individuals continue to be tested daily, white Tier 3 personnel are being tested on a weekly basis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not had any coronavirus-related issues since running back Jaylen Samuels was removed from the Reserve/COVID-19 list back on Aug. 13.
Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Suffers Torn ACL
The Cleveland Browns may have improved to 5-2 with their comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but they suffered a significant loss.
Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a torn ACL, the organization announced Monday morning.
Beckham suffered the injury in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati on Sunday, attempting to make a tackle on an interception thrown by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The star wideout was off to a strong star in his second season with the Browns, catching 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He also had rushed for a score.
While the loss of Beckham is significant, the Browns appear to have enough offensive weapons to overcome the injury. Mayfield posted one of the best performances of his career on Sunday, completing 22 of 23 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns after Beckham left the game.
Financially, Cleveland is still likely on the hook for Beckham’s $12.971 injury guarantee, which will convert to a full guarantee if he is rostered on the third day of the next league year, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This means that Beckham is uncuttable, and a trade is very unlikely considering the injury.
Translation: Odell is uncuttable. He won’t be healthy before the guarantee converts in March, so he’s getting his money in 2021. https://t.co/GPO2BRi6qG— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 26, 2020
Selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Beckham has caught 487 passes for 6,830 and 51 touchdowns over his career. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, but not since 2016.
The Steelers and Browns do not face off again until Week 17 in Cleveland.