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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 4, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:26 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I guess now when Manning, Brees, Vince Jackson and Logan Mankins have their next interview they can say that they did this "FOR THE FANS" too. Kluwe definitely got this one right, what a bunch of douchebags!!!

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:13 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

That away warcraft call those fools out atleast he;s got the marbles to do it

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

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Who doesn't like Kluwe now!  Watermelons I tell you.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:58 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

When and if the players vote to reinstate the union maybe they should see if they can vote out the guys in the law suit because when it was file they put there names on it so the not all the players would have to.  So to me if they are asking for more money than they should be made to share it with all the players since it was agreed upon by the union before they broke that only a few players would file. So I personally lost a lot of faith in both Manning and Breeze as of today when they should be sitting the bar and reciding there law suit so the can get the new agreement passed. 

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:47 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

There's no I in team but there's an "M" and an "E".  lol

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:37 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I'm going to love watching the Saints and Colts O line block for Brees and Manning as they remember that they are the reason that they stand a good chance to lose money.

Talk about selling everyone out. I guess there is an I in team.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:33 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

The rest of the players should take action against Brees and Manning. They should make them free agents instantly and the owners should collude to pay them less or let them sit for nothing. I would gladly watch the NFL without these guys in it. The game is bigger than them. In fact I say bring on the scabs and let them all sit until you break them. It won't take long.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:25 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

    Ok yes these 4 guys are being very much d-bags. However I am sorry to say the owners are not to blame and are not greedy is just downright stupid. The owners are very greedy. Just like the players. To say one or the other is totally to blame in this case is stupid and the worst form of political clindness. They both deserve blame. Period. Quit trying to add conservative vs liberal to this damn debate. This is not a Democrat republican issue. This is a rich people VS. super rich people debate. 

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:19 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Best. Tweet. Ever.

I thought the players represented by the NFLPA were all for one and one for all
No way. They compete against each other for salary

Wait until there is a salary cap again this season. Every star who has his super agent negotiate a couple mil more for his client robs payroll from the rest of the team. So when a player on your team signs that fat deal, it reduces your team's chances of keeping your soon-to-be free agents on the team, it reduces yout team's chances of going out and getting other top players, and it reduces your team's chances of winning a title.

So most of the players in the NFLPA should be pi$$ed at those highly compensated players who are still fighting for more and making it harder for the rest of them to divvy up what's left under the cap, and build a championship team. On top of all that, the top guys get the lion's share of the endorsement deals, so they don't really need the salary as much as most of their union brothers. It's ugly and greedy, plain and simple.

Just once I'd like to hear a star player say "You know, I've made a ton of green, I have more money than my family could spend in 3 generations, I still make great bank on endorsements which don't factor against the cap, and now I'm all about winning championships. Pay me the league minimum and sign as many studs as you can so we can collect some rings. I'll be happy being the multi-millionaire, hawking everything on TV and hoisting Lombardi trophies."

We can only dream. Until then, every time one of the more highly compensated players on your team asks for more money than he signed for in his current deal, or holds out for a renegotiation, or tests the free agency waters, give him the finger when you see him on TV, and ditch his jersey. He's hurting your team when he feels he is entitled to a bigger slice of the payroll pie which must be spread across all the players on the team.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:17 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy


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