NFL owners to consider tweaking pass interference reviews

NFL owners meeting Wednesday in Key Biscayne, Fla., will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference, and may also announce locations to host upcoming drafts.

Owners voted in March to allow interference calls or non-calls to be challenged by coaches and reviewed via replay as a one-year experiment.

The tweak proposed this week would take the decision to review pass interference in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of the officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would require a coach’s challenge, too.

“The concern is how many stoppages will we end up with in the last two minutes,” Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said Tuesday. “One thing we do not want to do is be a game that has multiple stops in the last two minutes.”

Under the rule adopted in March, in the final two minutes only officials in the booth can stop the game for reviews involving pass interference, as is the case with other reviewable plays.

Owners will also consider a proposal to exempt Hail Mary passes so they’re not reviewable. That would require the league coming up with the definition of a Hail Mary.

“I actually don’t think it’s that hard,” McKay said. “It’s going to be from what yard line was it thrown, were there multiple receivers, how much time is left on the clock. But you want to get input from the coaches — what definition are you comfortable with?”

It’s uncertain whether owners will act on a proposed rule change that would require each team to have one possession in overtime. The change is being pushed by the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost last season’s AFC Championship Game without getting the ball in overtime because the Patriots won the toss, received the kickoff and scored a touchdown.

Suh to Buccaneers: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a five-time Pro Bowler who played for the Los Angeles Rams last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with Tampa Bay, ESPN reported.

Suh, 32, started 16 games for the Rams in 2018, recording 4.5 sacks, after playing his first five seasons with Detroit and the next three with Miami.

Edelman, Patriots agree: Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns last season, has agreed to a two-year extension with New England. The pact reportedly is worth $18 million and includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.

Edelman, a Redwood City native and former College of San Mateo player, was scheduled to make $2 million in base salary in 2019.

Briefly: Tampa Bay released six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons, describing the move as a mutual agreement. … Buffalo tight end Tyler Kroft is out indefinitely because of a broken foot suffered Monday. … Former Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer, who signed with New England on May 13, is retiring. Veldheer, 31, was drafted by the Raiders in 2010 and spent four seasons with the team, starting 48 games. … Green Bay safety Josh Jones, a 2017 second-round pick who has started 12 games with the team, has requested a trade.

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