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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:38 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

correction 7 games

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:37 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

The media and Kluwe owe Brees and Manning and co. an apology for this fabrication of a story. Brees himself said on SC last night that this was a false story and that the media should know him better than that. I know any excuse to throw someone like him under the bus huh. Shame on the media, that bone headed punter Kluwe, and some of you so called fans for believing the hyperbole and casting stones!

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:16 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

This is sad. These guys were supposed to represent the intersests of all the players, not use their plaintiff status in this case to enrich themselves. Total tools, I used to think Manning and Brees were decent guys, but if this is true, they are complete tools.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:56 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Brady and Manning have been pretty vocal about getting this thing over with....I can't imagine them prolonging it, and if they did, they are both smart enough to know it would DESTROY their reputations.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:20 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Are you out of your mind? His comments couldn't be farther from the truth and if your agreeing with him it means that your misinformed as well. Give me a break. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:14 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

First off, I know your not talking to me like that because I'll meet up with you on openeing day and show you how much of a Pats fan I am.  Ok, if you want to get techical idiot,  he was tendered an offer but refused to sign unitl week 11 so he would get credit for the season.  My question to you genius if he was not "under contract"  why didn't he just sign with another team? The answer is, he couldn't!!  Mankins is an will be a distraction on this team so stop ball washing and get a clue.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:06 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

When your right, your right. Kluwe has yet again hit it right on the head. Maybe the rest of the players should be as smart as this guy.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:59 am

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I wish I knew more details of the lawsuit and the possible settlement. I do know Vikings Chris Kluwe should be quiet. He doesn't say much in his Tweet, and besides, he's a punter. They aren't real football players, are they? I couldn't tell you anything about what's going on in this article, because it doesn't really do a good job of explaining.

If you want to report about what Chris Kluwe said or tweeted, you could at least give us more background. At this point, I don't really care... let's play football and stop all of this nonsense.
I wish you knew more about the settlement too! Pretty dumb comments for not knowing anything about it. Bottom line is you won't be seeing any football until thos four players settle.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:54 am

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I live in Minneapolis and Kluwe has been our punter for about 7 years. Not only is he a solid punter...he is a very bright guy. He does interviews on KFAN (local sports radio station) and the guy is well educated. He knows what is going on with the CBA and he is dead on. These four guys ned to get their sh.t together. As if they all don't make enough money the way it is. I lost a TON of respect for Brees and Manning! kluwe....keep up the good work!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:42 am

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I'll respect your intelligence much more if you prove to me that Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Vincent Jackson can punt. Punting can be as much a game-changer as anything else - a good punt flips the field, forces the opposing team to go further to score as well as burn time off the clock and time outs to stop the clock if the situation calls for it. Pin them far enough back and you may give your defense a chance to get a safety.

Kluwe's job may not be as galmorous as Brees' or Manning's or Jackson's, but that doesn't mean it's not as important. Nor does it mean he's not a player interested in getting paid with the end of a locout being held up by 4 guys being greedy douches.

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