The replacements are being replaced. The NFL announced late Wednesday night an 8 year agreement was reached with the NFL Referees Association, bringing the old refs back in time for Week 4 games beginning Thursday night in Baltimore. The deal is expected to be ratified by the NFLRA Friday bringing at end to the disastorous replacement ref experiment. The last call made by a replacement crew was the most controversial, giving Seattle the win over the Packers on Monday night but it wasn't neccessarily the straw that broke the negotiators' back. Discussions resumed in earnest late last week and details of the agreement are coming out. NFL officials will have their salaries increase from approximately $140,000.00 a year currently to over $205,000.00 by the end of the contract in 2019. The pension plan, a major sticking point, will be altered, beginning in 2016 with new retirement options available. Full time officiating positions will be offered and the league wants to introuduce 15-20 new referees with a develoment and training program. The deal comes only two days after the Pack's huge disappointment but after being in the locker room when the team returned to the practice field on Wednesday, they're pretty much over it. As for the workout, the team was missing only backup safety Sean Richardson with a hamstring injury. Among the players limited at practice were Bryan Bulaga with a knee, Davon House with a shoulder, Greg Jennings with a groin, Jerel Worthy with a shoulder and Jamari Lattimore with an ankle. Tom Crabtree was a full participant coming off a shoulder injury and James Starks was full go with his turf toe injury.
On the link below, comments from the Pack on the referee settlement and the crazy couple of days since getting jilted in Seattle.