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Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 8:12 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

This morning we noted that, as two of the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady v. the NFL case, Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins could each ask for $10 million in compensation. At the time, the thinking was that the other plaintiffs wouldn't seek similarly high payouts because they either weren't in position to (free agents, already under contract, retired, etc.) or, as elite quarterbacks, already had all the leverage they needed.

Turns out, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are also looking for settlements of their own.'s Mike Freeman writes that "Multiple sources say that Manning, one of the named plaintiffs, wants immediate free agency in order to settle the lawsuit. Those sources also say Brees wants to be a free agent next year. The sources say lawyers for the NFLPA have asked NFL owners for those two things in addition to the reported demands from Mankins and Jackson."

So, yeah, tying a nice little bow on a new collective bargaining agreement doesn't seem as close as it did just a few hours ago. That said, Freeman is confident a deal will get done this week.

So while all hope isn't lost, Viking punter Chris Kluwe is wholly unimpressed with the news that four of the 10 named plaintiffs (who, by the way, are supposed to be representing the other 1,896 NFL players) appear to be cutting their own deals. So, naturally, Kluwe took to Twitter to voice his displeasure.

That doesn't leave much room for interpretation. The problem, of course, is that, as Freeman pointed out this morning, a new CBA can't be agreed upon unless all the plaintiffs settle the case.

That's much easier when some of them aren't looking out just for themselves.

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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:28 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Wow, didn't take long for the stupid obligatory "he's a punter so he doesn't matter" comment.  Guess what- he's a member of the union and has an interest in this lockout ending, therefore his opinion matters.  Deal with it.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:28 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

You all can say what you want, but this guy is right. They are greedy. They need to shut up and honor their contract.

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:26 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Dude, that's idiotic.  To say that the biggest players in the game can sign on to represent the rest of the players then demand their own rewards for the case is ridiculous.  What if this delays the end of the lockout?  That would mean that the rest of the players aren't able to play because of 4 players that want their own compensation.  This is asinine, they don't "dEserve" anything more than the rest of the players, those 4 will get paid by their teams when the lockout ends.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:22 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Punters are a dime a dozen, and this punter does not understand that real players diserve the big boy money. The players in the lawsuit are in their positions because they are actually talented men who are game changers and diserve the big dollars.  They are not lame duck kickers who sit around all day playing an MMORPG like World of Warcraft. At least play a good MMORPG like EverQuest 2. I might respect your intelligence a little more if you did that Chris.

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