The NFL and its on-field referees union failed to reach an agreement when they met Saturday in New York City. The league said it’s proceeding with replacement officials.
The NFL locked out the referees in early June, then hired replacements, whose work in exhibition games has been heavily criticized.
“We met with the NFL this morning and discussed various potential solutions to reach a new collective bargaining agreement,” said Michael Arnold, negotiator for the NFL Referees Association. “Unfortunately, we were unable to reach any agreement.
“We are disappointed because it means that our members will not be back on the field for Week 1 of the regular season due to the NFL’s continuing lockout. We remain willing to negotiate with the NFL in order to reach a fair agreement.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell was among the league officials involved in Saturday’s session.
“Commissioner Goodell and other NFL staff members concluded three days of talks today with representatives of the NFLRA without reaching an agreement,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “No further talks are scheduled. We are proceeding with the replacement officials.”
Among the NFL’s proposal is hiring full-time seven officials who would train, scout and handle communications, safety issues and rules interpretations year-round. Now, all NFL game officials are part-time employees.
Jones-Drew may return
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is hearing rumors that holdout Maurice Jones-Drew will report soon, but says none of the talk is coming from anyone who matters. Mularkey said he has “heard the same things like you have, but nothing from people that need to tell me. Nothing personally from Maurice.”
Jones-Drew wants to renegotiate his $31 million contract, which has two years remaining.
Giants’ cornerback hurt
New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara probably will miss the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys because of a high ankle sprain. In discussing his team’s health heading into the NFL kickoff Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin said it doesn’t look as if Amukamara will be ready for the game.
The Giants were awarded offensive tackle D.J. Jones on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and waived guard Mitch Petrus.
More players on move
The Seattle Seahawks cut former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow. …The New England Patriots acquired receiver Greg Salas from St. Louis on Saturday, claimed offensive lineman Matt Tennant off waivers from New Orleans and released linebacker Bobby Carpenter. …The Dallas Cowboys cut quarterback Stephen McGee and claimed tight end Colin Cochart off waivers. … The Arizona Cardinals traded cornerback A.J. Jefferson to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for conditional 2013 draft picks. … The New York Jets claimed nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, wide receiver Clyde Gates and tight end Konrad Reuland off waivers, and waived safety Antonio Allen, defensive tackle Marcus Dixon and tight end Dedrick Epps. …The Jacksonville Jaguars waived tight end Zach Miller and claimed former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brett Brackett off waivers.… The Oakland Raiders claimed back Phillip Adams, linebacker Keenan Clayton and tackle Willie Smith off waivers.