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Manning, Brees also want free agency

Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:37 am
 
There are more problems in the final days of the CBA negotiations between the owners and players and those issues settle around Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

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 players Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson.

The new CBA will get done but this is still a troubling sign that the the NFLPA is making last ditch efforts to get more from the owners. It can, indeed, slow things down.

Again, a deal will get done this week but this is not great news.

Brees is scheduled to earn $10 million in 2011 and Manning was tagged for 2011 that would pay him $23 million.

A CBA cannot be agreed upon unless all the plaintiffs settle the case.
Category: NFL
Tags: lockout
 
Comments

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

I think they just want more money for the QBs down the road?  This is their "Show me the Money" time.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

The article is not clear. Do Brees and Manning want immediate free agency for themselves or for everyone. It seems that if everyone is granted immediate free agency then there will be mass chaos in the comming weaks as teams scramble to fill out their 55 man roster starting from roster spot 1. Hmm, if Brees and Manning do indeed demand immediate free agency for all players then the league has no choice but to scrap the upcoming season. This is to give more time for the coaches to acclimate the large influx of new players joining the team. Once again the selfish players have their way. Brees and Manning are probably two of the most selfish and arrogant players players ever. Between the two of them they have only won two Super Bowls. Big Ben and Tom Brady have each won multiple Super Bowls, but you don't see them spouting off their mouths like a fool. I admit I dislike anything Boston related and I don't like Tom Brady, but Brady did what he was suppose to do...stay out of sight, not make a fuss and not choose sides.

The best way to decide who gets free agency would be to use the number of years a player has been in the league, how much money he is currently making and is he any good...or all hype like Drew Brees is!
The NFL shall pass a law forbidding players making $10 million or more from receiving immediate free agency. Someone has to step in and reign in the players greed and arrogance. The average NFL fan will agree with me because we can't go to our bosses and demand immediate free agency and get paid a large sum of money simply because we "threaten" to quit.

I seriously wish that the league will use replacement players. 1987 was one of the best NFL seasons ever!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

Whoa now, what happened to "Manning, Brees and Brady?"  Am I to infer that Brady concedes that he's overpaid and that no other team would be willing to give him what the Patriots are paying him?  Does this have something to do with their 11-5 season with Matt Cassel as quarterback?  Are we finally starting to admit that Brady is overrated?

This GIANTS fan aint ready to admit that.  I'll need to see him get stripped of some rings first.  I guess its all relative though. If you thought Tom Brady was better then God, then yea...maybe you overrated him just a tad. If you only thought he deserved to be mentioned with the best QBs of all time then I think you have rated him just right...



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

Actually, I don't think that Indy or New Orleans has much to complain about.  Manning has been languishing with the Colts for years and years and Bree's has given the Saint's at least one title.  I don't blame either of them for wanting out.  You put Manning on a team with a half way decent defense and 1/4 percent of a talented running back and you got a dynasty.  Hey Ben, wanna trade.  The steelers would gladly take ya.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

It's funny John I just posted then saw yours.  I agree with you concerning the guys with a contract but FA in the NFL is not FA - not with the tag.  “Whatever happened to loyalty” - to the player that has served you?  FYI, I am in business and on the owners side but FA the way it is set up is not pro business if you believe that players themselves are a business, and I think they are.

I wasnt trying to defend manning, Im just saying if the owners are gonna lock out the players, then dont expect loyalty from the players. Unfortunately my post has been removed because I used Dick Vitale's first name without including his last name...



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

Brady had just signed a contract not too long ago.  Brees needs to play it out. Manning , well might be something in the new CBA that he wants this issued.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

Way to be team players guys. I'm sure your fans love you for fighting for the right to leave your teams. What's wrong, don't you earn enough from your NFL contracts and endoresment deals? How many yachts do you need to ski behind?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

I don't pretend to understand half of all this but it seems silly that there is a seperate lawsuit with 10 players as plaintiffs.  Are they representing the entire NFLPA on this lawsuit?  If so, why wouldnt this be an NFLPA vs NFL lawsuit?  I don't get it.  
It is actually a class action suit, filed in the name of the 10 named plaintiffs and "all other persons similarly situated" (which would be all the other NFL players, free agents and unsigned rookies).  They are not representing the NFLPA, and the suit is not filed as the NFLPA v NFL because the NFLPA decertified as a union, if it were still a union then there could be no lawsuit at all.  Hope that helped.



Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

Whoa now, what happened to "Manning, Brees and Brady?"  Am I to infer that Brady concedes that he's overpaid and that no other team would be willing to give him what the Patriots are paying him?  Does this have something to do with their 11-5 season with Matt Cassel as quarterback?  Are we finally starting to admit that Brady is overrated?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Manning, Brees also want free agency

It's all right there in the story, you can't just "drop the case", there must be a decision reached and the Free agent settlement option moves the process along faster.
I will also reiterate that most of the players that are plaintiffs are not seeking a raise like Brees & Manning though there are some like Logan mankins & Vincent jackson that are or they want to be declared free agents to then work out a deal with their old team or move on to a new one.
Yes you can just "drop the case", as a practicing attorney I can tell you that cases are dismissed by the plaintiffs that filed them every day --the article does not say otherwise although it could have used better wording -- the case does not have to be "settled", it can "dismissed" by the plaintiffs although, as it is filed as a class action, you may need the Judge's approval to dismiss but given the context of the case and a CBA being negotiated my guess is that would not be a problem.

As for Logan and Makins, they are asking for more than just to be declared "free agents"--they have asked for $10million dollars each as "compensation" for only being restricted free agents last year and electing not to play for the tender amounts.  Basically, you have 4 individuals holding up the CBA for the entire league based on personal, money based demands, that benefit only themselves and not all of their teammates and other players.


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