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2022 Playing Rules, Bylaw and Resolution Proposals

2022 Playing Rule Proposals Summary

  1. By Indianapolis and Philadelphia; amends Rule 16, to allow both teams an opportunity to
    possess the ball in overtime.
  2. By Tennessee; amends Rule 16, Section 1, Article 3, to allow both teams an opportunity to
    possess the ball in overtime unless the team with the first possession scores a touchdown and
    a successful two-point Try.
  3. By Competition Committee; makes permanent the free kick formation change implemented
    during the 2021 season that established a maximum number of players in the setup zone.
    2022 PLAYING RULE PROPOSAL NO. 1
    Amend Rule 16 (Overtime Procedures, pg. 69) (new language underlined, deleted language
    struck through):
    SECTION 1 OVERTIME PROCEDURES
    ARTICLE 1. SCORE TIED. If the score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time of
    all regular season and postseason NFL games, a system of modified sudden-death overtime
    shall be in effect, pursuant to the following.
    ARTICLE 2. END OF REGULATION. At the end of regulation playing time, the Referee shall
    immediately toss a coin at the center of the field, in accordance with rules pertaining to a usual
    pregame toss (4-2-2). The visiting team captain is to again call the toss.
    ARTICLE 3. EXTRA PERIOD. Following an intermission of no more than three minutes
    after the end of the regular game, the extra period shall commence.
    (a) Subject to Article 4(a), both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once
    during the extra period, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown
    on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner, or if the team kicking off to start the
    overtime period scores a safety on the receiving team’s initial possession, in which case the
    team that kicked off is the winner. If a touchdown is scored, the game is over, and the Try is
    not attempted.
    (b) After each team has had an opportunity to possess the ball, if one team has more points than
    its opponent, then it is the winner. If the team that possesses the ball first does not score on
    its initial possession, the team next scoring by any method shall be the winner.
    (c) If the team that possesses the ball first does not score scores a field goal on its initial
    possession, or if the score is tied after each team has had its opportunity to possess the ball,
    the team next scoring by any method shall be the winner the other team (the second team)
    shall have the opportunity to possess the ball.
    (1) If the second team scores a touchdown on its possession, it is the winner.
    (2) If the second team scores a field goal on its possession, the team next scoring by any
    method shall be the winner.
    (3) If the second team does not score on its possession, the game is over, and the first team
    is the winner, subject to (4) below.
    (4) (1) If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, the down will be
    permitted to run to its conclusion, and all rules of the game will be enforced as customary,
    including awarding points scored by either team during the down. If the second team,
    after regaining possession, scores a touchdown on has more points than the first team
    after the down and subsequent try after regaining possession, it is the winner. Only fouls
    that require the down to be replayed, fouls that negate a score, or palpably unfair acts will
    be enforced.
    Notes:
    (1) In such situations, if the player who intercepts the pass or recovers the fumble goes to the
    ground and makes no effort to advance, the covering official will blow his whistle to end the
    game.
    (2) If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, but the first team committed
    a foul prior to the change of possession, the second team’s possession has not legally ended,
    and the game cannot end on the down. However, in certain situations, the second team cannot
    decline the penalty and accept the result of the play, no matter how beneficial, because it would
    create a second possession for itself. It must accept the penalty enforcement, which will extend
    its initial possession.
    (3) The situation in (2) may also affect the team that receives the opening kickoff during its first
    possession. If there is a foul by the second team followed by a double change of possession,
    and the first team declines the penalty and accepts the result of the play, the second team has
    had its required possession, and the first team has possession of the ball for the second time
    and needs only a field goal to win. However, if it accepts the penalty, it will extend its initial
    possession.
    (d) A player is in possession when he is in firm grip and control of the ball inbounds (3-2-7).
    The defense gains possession when it catches, intercepts, or recovers a loose ball.
    (e) The opportunity to possess applies only during kicking plays. A kickoff is the opportunity
    to possess for the receiving team. If the kicking team legally recovers the kick, the receiving
    team is considered to have had its opportunity. A punt or field goal attempt that crosses the
    line of scrimmage and is muffed by the receiving team is considered to be an opportunity to
    possess for the receiving team. Normal touching rules by the kicking team apply.
    (f) All replay reviews will be initiated by the Replay Official. Coaches’ challenges will not be
    allowed.
    ARTICLE 4. OVERTIME IN REGULAR SEASON. The following shall apply to overtime games
    in the regular season.
    (a) There shall be a maximum of one 10-minute period, even if the second team has not had an
    opportunity to possess the ball or if its initial possession has not ended. If the score is tied at the
    end of the period, the game shall result in a tie.
    (b) Each team shall be entitled to two timeouts, and if there is an excess timeout, the usual rules shall
    apply (4-5). The general provisions for the fourth quarter of a game, including timing, shall apply.
    ARTICLE 5. OVERTIME IN POSTSEASON. The following shall apply to overtime games in the
    postseason:
    (a) If the score is tied at the end of a 15-minute overtime period, or if the second team’s initial
    possession has not ended, another overtime period will begin, and play will continue, regardless of
    how many 15-minute periods are necessary.
    (b) Between each overtime period, there shall be a two-minute intermission, but there shall be no
    halftime intermission after the second period. At the beginning of the third overtime period, the
    captain who lost the coin toss prior to the first overtime period shall have the first choice of the two
    privileges in 4-2-2, unless the team that won the coin toss deferred.
    (c) At the end of the first and third extra periods, etc., teams must change goals in accordance with 4-
    2-3.
    (d) Each team is entitled to three timeouts during a half. If there is an excess timeout, the usual rules
    shall apply (4-5).
    (e) At the end of a second overtime period, timing rules shall apply as at the end of the first half. At
    the end of a fourth overtime period, timing rules shall apply as at the end of the fourth quarter.
    (f) At the end of a fourth overtime period, there will be another coin toss pursuant to Section 1, Article
    2, and play will continue until a winner is declared.
    Submitted by Indianapolis and Philadelphia
    Effect: Allows both teams an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime.
    Reason: Competitive Equity.
    2022 PLAYING RULE PROPOSAL NO. 2
    Amend Rule 16, Section 1, Article 3 (Overtime Procedures, pg. 69) (new language underlined,
    deleted language struck through):
    SECTION 1 OVERTIME PROCEDURES
    ARTICLE 1. SCORE TIED. If the score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time of all
    regular season and postseason NFL games, a system of modified sudden-death overtime shall be
    in effect, pursuant to the following.
    ARTICLE 2. END OF REGULATION. At the end of regulation playing time, the Referee shall
    immediately toss a coin at the center of the field, in accordance with rules pertaining to a usual
    pregame toss (4-2-2). The visiting team captain is to again call the toss.
    ARTICLE 3. EXTRA PERIOD. Following an intermission of no more than three minutes after
    the end of the regular game, the extra period shall commence.
    (a) Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra period,
    unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown and a two-point Try
    on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner, or if the team kicking off to start the
    overtime period scores a safety on the receiving team’s initial possession, in which case
    the team that kicked off is the winner. If a touchdown is scored, the game is over, and the
    Try is not attempted.
    (b) If the team that possesses the ball first does not score a touchdown and a two-point Try on
    its initial possession, the second team next scoring by any method shall be the winner shall
    have the opportunity to possess the ball. After each team has had an opportunity to possess
    the ball, if one team has more points than the other it is the winner.
    (c) If the team that possesses the ball first scores a field goal does not score on its initial
    possession, or if the score is tied after each team has had the opportunity to possess the
    ball, the team next scoring by any method shall be the winner the other team (the second
    team) shall have the opportunity to possess the ball.
    (1) If the second team scores a touchdown on its possession, it is the winner.
    (2) If the second team scores a field goal on its possession, the team next scoring by
    any method shall be the winner.
    (3) If the second team does not score on its possession, the game is over, and the first
    team is the winner, subject to (4) below.
    (4)(1) If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, the down will
    be permitted to run to its conclusion, and all rules of the game will be enforced as
    customary, including awarding points scored by either team during the down. If the
    second team scores a touchdown on the down after regaining possession, it is the
    winner. Only fouls that require the down to be replayed, fouls that negate a score, or
    palpably unfair acts will be enforced.
    Notes:
    (1) In such situations, if the player who intercepts the pass or recovers the fumble goes
    to the ground and makes no effort to advance, the covering official will blow his
    whistle to end the game.
    (2) If the second team loses possession by an interception or fumble, but the first team
    committed a foul prior to the change of possession, the second team’s possession
    has not legally ended, and the game cannot end on the down. However, in certain
    situations, the second team cannot decline the penalty and accept the result of the
    play, no matter how beneficial, because it would create a second possession for
    itself. It must accept the penalty enforcement, which will extend its initial
    possession.
    (3) The situation in (2) may also affect the team that receives the opening kickoff during
    its first possession. If there is a foul by the second team followed by a double
    change of possession, and the first team declines the penalty and accepts the result
    of the play, the second team has had its required possession, and the first team has
    possession of the ball for the second time and needs only a field goal to win.
    However, if it accepts the penalty, it will extend its initial possession.
    (d) A player is in possession when he is in firm grip and control of the ball inbounds (3-2-7).
    The defense gains possession when it catches, intercepts, or recovers a loose ball.
    (e) The opportunity to possess applies only during kicking plays. A kickoff is the opportunity
    to possess for the receiving team. If the kicking team legally recovers the kick, the
    receiving team is considered to have had its opportunity. A punt or field goal attempt that
    crosses the line of scrimmage and is muffed by the receiving team is considered to be an
    opportunity to possess for the receiving team. Normal touching rules by the kicking team
    apply.
    (f) All replay reviews will be initiated by the Replay Official. Coaches’ challenges will not be
    allowed.
    Submitted by Tennessee
    Effect: Permits both teams to possess the ball in overtime unless the team with the first
    possession scores a touchdown and a successful two-point Try.
    Reason: Competitive equity; fan engagement.
    2022 PLAYING RULE PROPOSAL NO. 3
    Amend Rule 6, Section 1, Article 3 (Free Kick Formation, pg. 24) (new language underlined,
    deleted language struck through):
    ARTICLE 3. FREE KICK FORMATION. When the ball is kicked on a free down:
    (a) From the time the kicker begins his approach to the ball and until the ball is kicked,
    (1) all kicking team players other than the kicker must be lined up with at least one foot on
    the yard line that is one yard behind their restraining line, and both feet must remain on
    the ground until the ball is kicked; and
    (2) no more than five players of the kicking team may be on either side of the ball; and
    (3) at least two players (other than a holder) must be lined up inbounds between the sideline
    and the bottom (outside) of the yard-line number, and at least two players (other than a
    holder) must be lined up between the top (inside) of the yard-line number and the
    inbounds lines.
    Note: A holder for a free kick counts as one of the required five players on either side
    of the ball, regardless of where he is positioned. The holder is never counted as one of
    the required two players between the inbounds line and the top (inside) of the numbers,
    regardless of where he is positioned.
    (b) All kicking team players must be inbounds and behind the ball when it is kicked, except:
    (1) the holder of a placekick (3-18-1-Item 2) may be beyond the line, and
    (2) the kicker may be beyond the line, provided that his kicking foot is not beyond the line.
    (c) Until the ball is kicked, all receiving team (Team B) players must be inbounds and behind their
    restraining line, and at least eight, but no more than nine, players must be positioned between
    their restraining line and a spot 15 yards behind their restraining line (the “setup zone”). (See
    Section 2, Article 1, Item 2-b).
    Penalty: For a player being beyond the restraining line when the ball is kicked (offside), a
    player being out of bounds when the ball is kicked, or either team being in an illegal
    formation when the ball is kicked: Loss of five yards.
    (d) Prior to the ball being touched by the receiving team or the end of the kick, it is a foul if a
    kicking team player voluntarily goes out of bounds (without being contacted by a receiving
    team player) to avoid a block.
    Penalty: For voluntarily going out of bounds without contact: Loss of 5 yards.
    Submitted by Competition Committee
    Effect: Makes permanent the free kick formation change implemented during the 2021
    season that established a maximum number of players in the setup zone.
    Reason: Provides excitement and competition.
    2022 Bylaw Proposals Summary
  4. By Competition Committee; prohibits clubs participating in the playoffs from signing
    players who have been terminated by clubs whose seasons have concluded.
    2022 BYLAW PROPOSAL NO. 1
    Amend Article XVIII, Section 18.1 of the Constitution and Bylaws to reflect the following (new
    language underlined, deleted language struck through):
    Claiming Period
    18.1 (B) Clubs may claim a player placed on waivers by notifying the Commissioner within the
    claiming period. Clubs may file claims on players for whom waivers have been
    requested beginning at 4:01 p.m., New York time, on the day such waivers are
    requested and ending at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on a subsequent date, pursuant to
    the following:
    (1) For any waivers requested during the period commencing on the first business day
    after the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, whichever occurs later, through 4:00 p.m.,
    New York time, on the Friday prior to the final regular season weekend, a 24-hour
    claiming period shall be in effect, except for waiver requests on Friday and
    Saturday of each week, which shall expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the
    following Monday. [Exception: During the two weekends preceding the first full
    weekend of preseason games, waivers requested on Friday will expire at 4:00 p.m.,
    New York time, on Saturday; waivers requested on Saturday will expire at 4:00
    p.m., New York time, on Sunday; and waivers requested on Sunday will expire at
    4:00 p.m., New York time, on Monday.]
    If the claiming period is scheduled to expire on a holiday, or such other day when
    the League office is not open for customary business, the claiming deadline shall
    be extended until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the next League business day.
    Waivers requested on the Friday preceding the final regular season weekend shall
    expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Saturday.
    If any waiver request has been designated as Procedural Recall, the club requesting
    such waivers shall have a right of Procedural Recall, which shall be exercised only
    if no claims shall be registered for such player by other clubs. In the event there
    are no claims, the club that requested waivers is required to exercise its Procedural
    Recall and count the player on its Active List for at least one business day thereafter
    have an additional 24 hours to recall such waiver request.
    (2) A claiming period of 24 hours shall be in effect for any waivers requested during
    the period from the Saturday of the final regular season weekend through the
    conclusion of the final postseason game, except for waiver requests on Friday and
    Saturday of each week, which shall expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the
    following Monday.
    a) Assignment of player contracts will be deferred until the first business day after
    the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, whichever occurs later.
    b) Terminations of player contracts of clubs not participating in the playoffs or
    that have been eliminated from the playoffs will be deferred until the first
    business day after the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, whichever occurs later.
    c) Terminations of player contracts of clubs participating in the playoffs will occur
    at the expiration of the claiming period.
    i. A club that is participating in the playoffs may sign players whose
    contracts have been terminated to its Active/Inactive List, Practice
    Squad, or Reserve/Future List.
    ii. A club that is not participating in the playoffs may sign players whose
    contracts have been terminated to its Reserve/Future List only.
    All waiver notices released by the Commissioner during the training or regular season
    shall be sent by NFLNet or facsimile.
    The Commissioner shall notify each club in both conferences simultaneously of any
    waiver request in the manner prescribed above. Any club within the League may, upon
    request, secure from the Commissioner all available salary information on any player
    for whom waivers have been requested, which information shall be supplied prior to
    the time for the filing of any claim on such player.
    Submitted by Competition Committee
    Effect: Prohibits clubs participating in the playoffs from signing players who have been
    terminated by clubs whose seasons have concluded.
    Reason: Integrity of postseason games.
    2022 Resolutions Proposals Summary
    G-1. By Baltimore, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay; amends the Anti-Tampering
    Policy, in regard to Secondary Football Executive positions, to allow the employer
    club the choice to retain its player personnel staff through the Annual Selection
    Meeting. After the selection meeting through June 30, the employer club is required
    to grant permission for another club to interview and hire a non-high-level executive
    or non-secondary football executive for a secondary football executive position.
    2022 RESOLUTION G-1
    Whereas, the NFL’s Anti-Tampering Policy provides to strike a balance between
    protecting member clubs’ rights and investment in their employees, protecting the integrity of the
    game, preserving competitive balance among member clubs, promoting employee loyalty and
    maintaining the organizational stability of employer clubs during the playing season, while also
    providing realistic advancement opportunities for employees if other clubs desire their services;
    and
    Whereas, the NFL’s Anti-Tampering Policy requires employer clubs to permit employees
    under contract to be interviewed and hired by another club for a Secondary Football Executive
    Position through March 1 of any year,
    Be it Resolved, that the Anti-Tampering Policy (Section 4j(3)(ii)) will be amended to
    reflect the following change pertaining to Secondary Football Executives:
    c. Interview Restrictions. If a club wishes to discuss its Secondary Football Executive
    position with a non-High-Level Club Employee or a non-Secondary Football Executive
    whose club’s playing season (excluding Pro Bowl) has concluded, and who is under
    contract to such club, the employer club is under no obligation to grant such permission
    through the day after the conclusion of the Annual Selection Meeting, but it may be
    voluntarily granted at the employer club’s discretion.is required to permit the employee to
    discuss and accept such employment through March 1 of any year.
    After March 1 through the day after the conclusion of the Annual Selection Meeting, the
    employer club is under no obligation to grant such permission, but it may be voluntarily
    granted at the employer club’s discretion during this period.
    Beginning the day after the conclusion of the Annual Selection Meeting through June 30,
    the employer club is required to permit the employee to discuss and accept such
    employment.
    See Postseason Procedures in Section 4(j)(4) below
    Submitted by Baltimore, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay
    Effect: Allows the employer club the choice to retain its player personnel staff through the
    Annual Selection Meeting. After the selection meeting through June 30, the
    employer club is required to grant permission for another club to interview and hire
    a non-high-level executive or non-secondary football executive for a secondary
    football executive position.
    Reason: Promotes club organizational stability and inter-club fairness, while preserving
    legitimate opportunities for personnel to explore other positions.
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