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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: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:27 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I think this guy might be my new favorite player.  He's right, just end it already this crap is getting old.  

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:56 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I thought the players represented by the NFLPA were all for one and one for all.  There appears to be some fractures in the cohesiveness or the rank and file.  I think Manning and Brees are looking for a way to save face because they are the plaintiffs in this lawsuit and for them to drop it without any compensation would look like a capitulation.  I think those two, Manning and Brees, should settle on something, say have the owners add another $2 -5 million to the retired NFL players retirement fund.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:50 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

I get Jackson's side (he got screwed by the old system) for his thing because he would have got PAID last year but the Chargers are idiots. Mankins has a smaller gripe but he has been getting paid well before. Brees and Manning are a different story. They were 1st round picks getting paid very well from the beginning and have got fat contracts already. They are both icons in their cities and will probaly go nowhere anyway because their owners will hand them FATTER deals to stay. I don't get it really. When you make 10 million or more a year plus advertising $$ on top of that, what's the point. Your kid's kids should be set for life. Maybe those guys need a hobby or something. They could start FARVING the junk to chicks or something.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:48 pm
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Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:31 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

While I can understand only Drew Brees's frustration, they all should sign and be done.  Brees considering his standing in the league as a premier quarterback hasn't exactly been paid like that throughout his entire career.  He was basically cut a loose and sent to drift by the San Diego Chargers years ago.  I am sure that blow has stayed with him until this day.  I am sure he has a grudge against all NFL management to some degree.  He was injured, and they thought he was worthless, so they basically said screw him. 

Peyton Manning on the other hand doesn't have a leg on which to stand.  That guy makes money in his sleep, and has continued to since the season ended, and despite the lockout.  Bottom line is they did an end-around to you fans. Didn't any of you wonder why they specifically filed a separate lawsuit naming themselves plaintiffs AND THEN the NFLPA?  These guys knew the legal process in which damages could be assessed.  They believed the owners were illegally haulting business in the NFL. 

As with most class action lawsuits the primaries usually get the biggest piece of the pie next to the lawyers.  How this is shocking to anyone is baffling.  It is indeed still disgusting, but not exactly surprising.  If they do hold up the settlement, I agree that they are truly douchebags.  That would be the epitome of self-serving.  The Manning family will have wealth for generations.  That is undeniable greed at its finest.  They are supposed to be looking out for the best interests of all players.  Are they not?  If they continue along that line of action, I can asssure you there will be a backlash from the rest of their brethren.  And some of them will be playing on the opposite side of the ball when this is all decided.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:13 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Where are all the pocket socialists like Jack Sprat and 32Zone with their Owners are greedy make believe? All along I have pointed out the common sense answer that this entire labor issue was determined by player greed. The NFLPA, like every modern Union destroys rights, they no longer advocate for workers. How do you serve workers by ensuring jobs go overseas because of greed? NFL do the right thing. Void these players contracts and don't offer them jobs. Let them play in Canada, the socialists seem to love them. This American football fan has no use or respect for them.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:09 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Duh Drawmeomg.....Brady is only the LEAD plantiff in this case.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:07 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy


First, this is a report by Mike Freeman--the guy who's "Unknown Source" last week said that the two sides weren't even close.

#2. Hell yes these guys should get something. That's what happens when you stick your neck out and win. And they DEFINITELY had a case.

#3 V-Jax got ROYALLY EFFED by the Bolts, not just last year (taking about 5% of what he'd have been worth in the open market under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement) but is also getting franchise tagged THIS YEAR....essentially he'll now have played 7 years in the NFL without ever having an opportunity to negotiate fairly for his services? It's just not right. The guy is a bit of an idiot...but still.

LASTLY - think peeps. $10M is a DROP IN THE BUCKET of this CBA. Do you realize that $1B is 1,000 MILLION dollars...and we're talking NINE Billion...per year. As hard as it might be to imagine for us working stiffs, each of these guys could get $10M and it would be NOTHING to the entire deal but breadcrumbs...

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:07 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

What a punk V. Jackson turned out to be.  Coming out of Northern Colorado the hopes were high that he would be a "real" leader.  Apparently, what is decent about UNC was to Jackson nothing important.  At least not as important as money (and possibly stardom). 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:03 pm

Vikings punter calls 4 named plaintiffs greedy

Ram Fan - Brady ain't on that list. The QBs are Manning and Brees. Brady signed a contract extension last year and is nowhere near free agency.

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