We may have seen the last of the Jamie Collins Leap.
The play that garnered more than its fair share of attention in 2015 when the former Patriots linebacker bounded over the Colts long-snapper and blocked an Adam Vinatieri kick could be banned in the NFL for 2017 and beyond.
According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the league's competition committee is "likely to propose [a] ban on field goal and extra point 'leaps.' " Maske points out that the NFLPA suggested the ban at this year's Scouting Combine.
If the ban is put in place, it probably won't go over well at One Patriot Place. Bill Belichick called for it twice last season following Collins' departure via trade.
Shea McClellin blocked a field goal by Baltimore's Justin Tucker during the regular season, which was Tucker's first miss of the year. McClellin tried to do the same to Falcons kicker Matt Bryant during an extra-point attempt in the second quarter of Super Bowl LI but was penalized for illegal formation. However, replays showed McClellin jumped over the gap between the snapper and the guard, which is legal.
"The prohibition would be a player-safety measure designed to protect both the player doing the leaping and any offensive player on which he might land," Maske wrote. "Under current rules, such a leap is illegal if the player lands on an offensive player but legal if the player successfully clears the line of scrimmage."
All NFL owners will consider proposals by the competition committee early next week in Phoenix during the annual league meeting. Twenty-four of 32 teams must approve of any proposal in order for a rule-change to be made.