Previously, we’ve speculated that the named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady class action could seek the same benefit that the named plaintiffs in the Reggie White class action received — a career exemption from the franchise tag. The fact that the named plaintiffs in the Brady case include Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is subject to the franchise tag now, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose contract expires after the 2011 season, makes the possibility a much more intriguing one.
And now let’s make it even more intriguing.
Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, but who have requested anonymity . . . yada, yada, yada . . . sensitivity of the situation . . . yada, yada, yada . . . confidentiality of the settlement talks, the agency that represents Manning and Brees is pushing for both players to be exempt from the application of the franchise tag. If CAA is successful, Manning would be in position to squeeze the Colts for a monstrous contract — even more monstrous than the one he’ll get even if the franchise tag is applied.
This also would benefit Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, to whom the Chargers applied the franchise tag before the lockout started, and Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who also received the franchise tag before the lockout. Over the long haul, the biggest winner could be Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller, who would sign his first contract knowing that, when it expires, it truly will expire.