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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: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

"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. ... For people to say he has made monetary demands, he hasn't made any such demand"
This is a non-denial denial. Let's read between the lines here. Logan Mankins' agent has explicitly denied that they wanted any money. So it's probably true. But they never denied that Mankins wanted to be an immediate unrestricted free agent either! Of course it is logical to begin to wonder where the $10 million figure came from. It could be NFLPA lawyer Kessler, or it could just be from an unnamed source trying to smear the plaintiffs in Brady et al v NFL.



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

If anyone is holding things up, I'm sure it's the overrated egomaniacal Jackson. Whomever it is I'm sure will be blacklisted and end up playing for Jerry Jones' dumb ass!



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

What we are seeing is the problem with soap opera journalism that is running amok.

This is a prime example. For more than a week now we have been hearing that Mankins and Jackson have been requesting 10 millions dollars to settle. We never heard who the source was, we just figured that it sounded reasonable.

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.

Lets have these journalist quit there tabloid, soap opera journalism and return to the proper way of reporting.

 



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

SO NFL teams fanchise tag players that are not stars?  Really?  They just feel like paying non stars the avagage of the top five players at thier possition.  Come on man.  The teams just don't want to give them a signing bonus.  Mankins would be the highest paid Guard in the NFL if he was a FA.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

Jackson is pond scum.  He has an idiot for an agent, and his agent has a fool for a client.  He was tendered a 3million dollar deal last year and turned it down.   All he has to do is reach out and grab the perfect passes that Rivers puts on his hands.  Hope AG can ship him off to some lost outpost in Buffalo were he can disappear.



Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

I kinda agree about Jackson....Mankins is good....but I don't think he will ever play again for Belichick, burned too many bridges last year and now.  As for these f***ing lawyers...send them packing...they only want more of a fee!



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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:16 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

Lets see, hummm the NFLPA said a deal could not be reached because 2 players wanted a settlement.  None of the players made those demands, sounds like someone is somehow lieing.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

This is more of a reason as to why we shouldn't be reading this crap anymore. the only time we, the fans, should be reading any articles on NFL is when the headlines reads, "Lockout is over" other than that, this whole ordeal is going round and round in circle. How many times already have we heard the deal is almost done or agreement will be reach within the next 24 hours and so far it's been a month and we are still in the dark as to when the lockout is actually going to end. All these speculations about this and that is starting to be a big freaking joke.



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Mankins agent: No money demanded in settlement

The really sad part is that this shows how completely unintelligent players are.  Someone makes a demand for 10 million in your name and you HAVEN'T spoken with him yet.  Sorry but I'm dialing his number immediately and finding out what is going on in order to correct the situation. 

This is classic....a person does something completely idiotic and then sheilds themself behind a lawyer.  Maybe these players shouldn't be playing football anymore since its seems obvious that their brain is too damaged to function normally already. 


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