Report: NFL never hired full-time officials

When the NFL and the NFL officials settled their lockout 14 months ago to end the disastrous replacement referees' reign, part of the agreement stated that the league had the right to begin hiring full-time officials.

In the wake of the Roy Ellison controversy when the NFL umpire was suspended for one game for using profane language against Redskins tackle Trent Williams, Foxsports.com's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the league actually has not hired any full-time officials.

As ESPN.com's John Clayton explained at the time, "Starting in 2013, the NFL gained the option of hiring some officials on a full-time basis. Should the league take that option, it would probably focus on hiring referees who could work the field during the regular season and teach, train and organize officiating game plans as their full-time jobs."

So, it sounds like it wasn't a mandatory requirement. And maybe Ellison should be happy he wasn't hired on a full-time basis.

"If he was a full-time employee, he would have been hit a lot harder than one game," Glazer said.

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