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the return of the regular officials hours before the NFL ended its lockout.
All things considered, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is welcoming them back.
“It’s great to
have the regular refs back,” Vick said. “Nothing against the replacement
officials. They did the best job they could. You’ve got to understand that this
is the NFL and things can become a little crazy and a little different. It
happens fast and if you’re not used to it it’s hard to adjust. So I take my hat
off to them. They did the best they could.”
The regular officials,
if you will, go back to work tonight when the Cleveland Browns take on the
Baltimore Ravens. The NFL Referees Association union begins voting on the eight-year
reached on pay, pension and the NFL’s initiative to begin hiring full time
officials, the voting is a formality. Compensation for the officials jumps from
an average of $149,000 from last season to $173,000 in 2013. The NFLRA pensions
are intact through 2016. After that they shift to a 401k program with a partial
Vick and the Eagles
get the regular officials when they take on the New York Giants Sunday night at
Lincoln Financial Field.
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