The league is considering altering the regulation that helped the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders in January 2002 en route to New England's first Super Bowl title.
Under the rule that has been in place since 1999, once a quarterback brings his arm forward in a passing motion, if the ball comes loose, it's considered an incomplete forward pass until such time as the ball is tucked away next to the body.
The proposed change would rule would make the loose ball a fumble if the quarterback is in the act of bringing the ball back his body.
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During a busy third day of free agency trades, the Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel, who was then signed by the Minnesota Vikings.
Quarterback Kevin Kolb ended his stay with the Arizona Cardinals, who released him before he was owed a $2 million roster bonus on Saturday.
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Running back Steven Jackson agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year deal. He spent nine seasons with the St.
Louis Rams, compiling eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
He is the active leading rusher in the NFL (10,135 yards).
Veteran Atlanta center Todd McClure announced his retirement on his personal Twitter account.
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The Vikings signed center Joe Berger and defensive back Jamarca Sanford as unrestricted free agents. Berger spent his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins while Sanford returns to the Vikings for a fifth season.
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Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the Philadelphia Eagles signed outside linebacker Connor Barwin to a six-year deal.
The Chiefs agreed on a three-year contract with cornerback Sean Smith while Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus, the all-time franchise leader with 187 consecutive starts, announced his retirement after 12 seasons.
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Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will visit the San Francisco 49ers, according to a Sacramento Bee report.
Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, traveled to Houston to visit with the Texans along with general manager Rick Smith, who was on board franchise owner Bob McNair's private jet.
The Ravens announced the release of safety Bernard Pollard while re-signing cornerback Chris Johnson and safety James Ihedigbo.
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The Indianapolis Colts re-signed cornerback Darius Butler to a two-year deal and agreed to a four-year deal with defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.
Defensive tackle Nate Collins will return to the Chicago Bears in 2013, agreeing to one-year contract, the Cleveland Browns announced a two-year contract agreement with running back Chris Ogbonnaya and offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood signed with the Washington Redskins.
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