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Report: Mankins says he'll sign off on settlement

Posted on: July 21, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 7:07 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson



UPDATE (6:30 p.m. EST): Ron Borges of the Boston Herald tweets on Thursday night that, "Logan Mankins has just informed the NFLPA leadership he will sign off on a settlement of the Brady v. NFL case without seeking compensation."

As the world turns in the NFL's Thursday afternoon labor soap opera, one critical issue remains: the financial demands of named-plaintiffs Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson.

These demands have been characterized as a big stumbling block, since both players reportedly want $10 million each to settle the litigation. However, Mankins' agent, Frank Bauer, disputed the claim that his client ever made any sort of financial demand.

"I think it's really unfair what has happened to Logan Mankins in media characterizations that he is making monetary demands or holding up a settlement," Bauer said, per ESPN.
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"Logan Mankins is a young man who was encouraged and solicited into a lawsuit to help the union spearhead a new agreement. Logan's main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free and help other players have less restrictions."

Of course, putting his name on the lawsuit WAS a tough decision and Mankins certainly put his name out there for scrutiny. So if he wanted something in return it wouldn't be shocking. But Bauer emphasized he "hasn't made any such demand."

"For people to say he has made monetary demands, he hasn't made any such demand," Bauer said. "We don't know terms. We haven't talked to (NFLPA attorney) Jeff Kessler. There has been no communication, but it's irresponsible to report Logan has made monetary demands.

"Are we disappointed there has been no communication? Hugely. He trusted the union and Kessler to fight for Logan Mankins and the other players."

So, yeah, wow, that's kind of a game-changer. If Mankins doesn't want money and if Jackson doesn't want money in exchange for settling the lawsuit, it's only going to crank up the vitriol for Kessler, the NFLPA lawyer.

And it means there's a pretty simple solution sitting out there: make Mankins and Jackson franchise-tag-free players going forward. If those two plaintiffs would agree to that in part of their settlement, it could move things along much more speedily than having the two sides quarrel about demands that apparently weren't ever made.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:00 am
 

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Report: Mankins says he'll sign off on settlement

Now we hear from Jackson personally and Mankins through his agent Bauer that neither of them had actually made the fore mentioned request. Who are we supposed to believe. For me I believe the athletes.

I'll take my chances with sources any day over the players.  Why? Because there isn't a chance in hell Mankins or Jackson would ever admit to asking for money as part of a settlement if that was true.  They would be blackballed and may as well call it termination pay because if they ever admitted to holding up negotiations for their own personal gain there isn't a player in the NFL that would be willing to be their teammate.  

 



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Report: Mankins says he'll sign off on settlement

Story was probably invented by a journalist with no true leads in hand.  That's journalism today, Murdoch scruples.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Report: Mankins says he'll sign off on settlement

As long as these guys don't hold things up. That's really the only thing I care about. If either of them gets in the way, they should never play another down.


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