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Retired players won’t get in the way of a settlement

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The bad news is that it remains to be seen whether four high-profile current players will prevent a new labor deal from being finalized.  The good news is that the thousand of retired players won’t.

Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, the lead plaintiff in a class action filed by former players, told Albert Breer of NFL Network that the retired players won’t stand in the way of a settlement of the current labor dispute.  Eller, who along with lawyer Michael Hausfeld were given a better-late-than-never seat at the table on Tuesday, also said he believe a new deal is coming this week.

Whether that new deal fully addresses the concerns of retired players remains to be seen.  Eller told Breer that there’s more work to be done, and that it may happen after the current players and the league reach an accord.

Perhaps the league can close the deal with the retired players by offering never to use the franchise tag against any of the other named plaintiffs in the Eller lawsuit.

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7 Responses to “Retired players won’t get in the way of a settlement”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 19, 2011 5:35 PM

    I hope the same can be said for Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins.

  2. capslockkey says: Jul 19, 2011 5:37 PM

    Upcoming cold water:

    Mike Vrabel demands all the free beer he can get his hands on, and Brian Robison a starting job.

  3. jakek2 says: Jul 19, 2011 5:43 PM

    Perhaps the league can close the deal with the retired players by offering never to use the franchise tag against any of the other named plaintiffs in the Eller lawsuit.
    —————–
    huh?

  4. laeaglefan says: Jul 19, 2011 5:44 PM

    Next thing you know Pacman Jones is going to demand that he never be arrested again, no matter what crimes he commits. Oh wait, Pacman isn’t part of the lawsuit. Thank heaven for small favors!

  5. dewalt2990 says: Jul 19, 2011 5:46 PM

    Free beer!

  6. channel124 says: Jul 19, 2011 7:22 PM

    Did I miss a trend, or is it just starting? Suddenly I want a matching skullcap for every suit I own.

  7. marthisdil says: Jul 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    All current players should be forced to put a percentage of money into an account used to fund medical care, etc, for retired players.

    The owners can kick in some too, if they wish, but I mean, demanding millions for someone who played 40 years ago seems a bit eccentric.

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