Report: Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins still want $10 million each

AP

The good news?  None of the 10 named plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust action want to become free agents in exchange for signing off on the settlement of the case.

The bad news?  According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots guard Logan Mankins still want $10 million each.

The report comes despite Jackson’s Twitter claim after the issue of free agency or free money arose on Tuesday that he wants nothing other than to play ball.

It sounds like more players than Vikings punter Chris Kluwe need to call these guys dirty, but hilarious, names.

What they’re doing is wrong, notwithstanding the rant from Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, which reads like it was ghostwritten by Jackson’s agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who orchestrated the Darrelle Revis and Roddy White holdouts.  The men who attached their names to the lawsuit deserve nothing other than the satisfaction that comes from doing the right thing.

And if Jackson and Mankins don’t like the fact that they were screwed by the owner-friendly 2010 rules of a CBA that was otherwise overwhelmingly friendly to the players, then perhaps the NFLPA* should release a chunk of its supposed $300 million lockout insurance fund in order to make them happy.

136 responses to “Report: Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins still want $10 million each

  1. What a couple of Grade-A chumps. Show some leadership, De Smith, and reel these guys back in. You really don’t have very much time left.

  2. If they screw this up for everyone else they deserve a bullseye on their back, or knees for the season

  3. After Favre retired I thought there would be a hole in my life, but I now have two extremely strong candidates for “least favorite NFL players.” Thanks guys!

  4. How about this give me 10 grand and me a couple boys will “eliminate” the problem?

  5. Wow, these guys are the ultimate D-Bags, and not just your standard tall, kitchen size bag, but the really big yard waste size bags.

  6. depending on how far he takes this, i may consider banning VJ from the fantasy league i am commissioner of. nfl may let him back in but i don’t have to.

  7. I’d offer them their choice of either a day old tuna sub or 10% off coupon from Bed, Bath and Beyond instead.

  8. Just let them be unrestricted free agents, and compensate their old teams with second round picks. Done.

  9. I say again, the best way to handle this is to have a few of these dudes’ 350-pound colleagues “counsel” them behind closed doors for a few minutes. I’m sure they’d come to see the errors of their ways rather rapidly. This has the definite odor of lawyers about it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that this is being fanned by these dudes’ lawyers. Disgusting!

  10. These guys want handouts?! If they get it , the$$$, they should do the right thing and pay it forward to a charity. Not because they should have to but because they should. there are real struggles in the world. Not your ten million in exchange for more$$$ ,closing the deal. BUMS!

  11. Couldn’t agree more. Again worth noting that both players decided to forgo most of their 2010 money themselves by refusing to sign their tenders & report until they were about to lose a year of credit. Had they done EVERYTHING to show good faith by reporting signing and playing out their tendered season they still wouldn’t “deserve” bubkes because those were the rules then..but not to do your own part then say you deserve the $ anyway? Up yours, you two.

  12. In support of Mankins’ case…he was LIED to by the Patriots so I don’t blame him one bit.

  13. I’ll cut and paste what I posted yesterday:

    1. None of the players in the suit are obligated to drop it. If they want to ask for special concessions, they have the right.

    2. The Owners Union can sign a new agreement without the suit being dropped. If they choose not to, hold them accountable for making that choice.

    3. Since it’s ten individuals that filed the suit and not the NFLPA, it’s highly questionable whether the dropping of the suit should be subject to collective bargaining.

    4. Considering that these are federally mediated talks and that the NFLPA has no juristiction over those ten players, I seriously doubt the Owners Union could go all the way in demanding the suit be dropped.

  14. Since day one the CBA issues have been do in part to the Greed of the Players..Why should it be any different as we near the End of the Lockout!! The owners may be a tad greedy, but I do believe they understand the importance of the NFL Fan..the players as a whole dont seem to understand taht without Fans, they have NO JOB!!

  15. The guys in the Reggie White case were compensated so why not these guys. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, except the people that weren’t around when that case was settled. There were about 10 different players that couldn’t be franchised for the rest of their careers.

  16. . . . so much for his tweet yesterday

    “Preciate the support guys! Can’t believe all u read or see in media. I have made no demands, I wanna play ball like the rest of my peers!”

  17. God these players, enough! We just want to just play football, My a#$ ! They’re all mercenaries!

  18. Logan Mankins; if this is true I’m very disapointed in you. Assuming your side of the story with the Pats is true (I have no reason to doubt you believe in your heart of hearts thou I blame your agent)

    The bottom line is the Pats followed the CBA. The uncapped year was unfortunet for you but the rules in place were agreed to by the NFLPA.

    You are a Principled man and I for one respect that, now it is time to be principled again and be the team player that you are.

    One thing I know which ever way you go, you won’t hide behind your Agent or Attorney Kessler, as Bree’s & Manning have to take the PR hit. At least you will be a man about it.

  19. F — Mankins and Jackson. Greedy SOB’s. Gaining unrestricted free agent status for life is not good enough??? Sounds like they made a poor decision to hold out last year.

  20. Give them both $10M each to get the deal done, cut them when they show up for camp and ban them from the NFL for life…greedheads!

  21. Well Vincent if you want $10 million maybe you should have actually shown up last season.

  22. The owners should be able to ignore this request. If the whole deal is held up by these two guys’ request for free money, the pressure on them would be enormous. There’s no way they could hold on to that demand.

  23. So, are Mankins and Jackson just asking for the NFL to hand them $10M each or do they want salaries of $10M or a franchise tag figure of $10M or what? It is not clear from the article or any of the links, including the hatchet piece from Jason Cole.

    As to Cole’s piece, the named plaintiffs are supposed to be representative members of the class. They are not named plaintiffs because they should be entitled to special treatment or benefits. If Mankins and Jackson not getting $10M each is such a huge tragedy and the players should support them, then perhaps the players can pass the collection jar around or vote on a measure to give these guys their money. If two guys, named plaintiffs or not, are responsible for over 1800 other players not getting paid money they are rightfully due because the two players think that they deserve $20M for having their names on a lawsuit, then they deserve the scorn of their contemporaries.

    If they do get their $20M collectively, I hope that Jason Cole gets the cut he was obviously promised to write that piece of propaganda masquerading as journalism.

  24. As per V Jasckson; once a Dbag always a Dbag. That goes foir Manning, Brees, and Mankins too.

  25. raidermike says:
    F — Mankins and Jackson. Greedy SOB’s. Gaining unrestricted free agent status for life is not good enough???

    Are you sure they were they offered that?

  26. Even worse than the demands of Jackson and Mankins are the denials. It’s pretty clear by now that this money was asked for.

    As for Jason Cole, he just doesn’t get it. Why should the rest of the players want these guys to get as much as they can? With the new CBA, a high tide does not lift all boats. More money for Manning, et al does not mean more money for the rest of them. A salary floor almost as high as the salary cap means that every dollar not spent on a star player is one dollar more for the rank and file.

  27. Why can’t this happen in a sport like cricket? It’d cause ALOT less stress on our lives, and quite honestly 95% of the people wouldn’t really care if there was a lockout due to the fact we’d be relaxing with football on our minds

  28. blchaney69 says:
    Jul 20, 2011 9:14 PM
    Since day one the CBA issues have been do in part to the Greed of the Players..Why should it be any different as we near the End of the Lockout!! The owners may be a tad greedy, but I do believe they understand the importance of the NFL Fan..the players as a whole dont seem to understand taht without Fans, they have NO JOB!!

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    The owners may be a tad greedy
    That is like saying jackson and mankins are a tad douchey.

  29. Actually, Mike Freeman makes it quite clear it is the lawyers representing those two who are demanding the money, so I say we do what Shakespeare suggested and kill all the lawyers. Maybe Kluwe can drop an ambulance chaser bomb.

  30. So they reduce everybody’s salary with games missed? Hmmm, if that happens, they’d be smart to retire before getting back on the field every week against 21 players that they screwed money from (21 players = 11 opponents and 10 teammates).

  31. The other Players should be totally pissed at these 2, especially if they are the reason this thing is not going to get done. If this thing does not get done over this, I hope the owners take it to them as they will deserve their fate. The last couple of days it is clear that the owners are committed to negotiating but at least a few of these players are being the A holes.

  32. If the owners of the two players’ respective teams decide to give them their unrestricted free agent status, surely that would impact the players’ attraction to other teams.

    Would they really want this kind of malcontent in their locker room? I’d certainly not race to contact their agents.

  33. With the rumors of Steve Smith wanting to be traded and The Chargers being a team he wanted to go to I was hoping we could get VJ in exchange for him (and a pick) but now there is no way I would ever want a POS like that on my team. He is a waste of life and a sorry excuse for a human being!

  34. scott8nj says:
    If these greedy fools get 10 mil, while costing the brethren money, their teams will celebrate with a blanket party for them.

    Assuming they even asked for it- which we’re not sire of- it would come from the owners in exchange for them dropping the suit. It wouldn’t affect their team’s salary cap or come out of the players’ percentage.

    Quick question, Scott- do you always advocate violence to solve problems?

  35. Ugh. I’m still trying to figure out why these two guys feel entitled to an extra $10 Million each? Anyone?

  36. Mankins wants 1o million for playing 6 or so games last year. Wow, how about that slap in the face working (or non-working) Americans?

  37. let them negotiate the best contract they can get. maybe they will get $10M that way, maybe not.

    trying to get in court what u cant get any other way… who actually wronged either one of these guys? they get paid millions to play a game.

  38. These two guys tried to play hardball with their teams, and came up with the short straw- attempting to bolt-on individual provisions to recoup the money they (essentially) gambled away is just insanely selfish, imo.

    These kids need to be called out hard by their peers… & hopefully the Vikes punter isn’t the only player with the cojones to do it.

  39. I heard an interview from a Chicago sports/labor attorney today who said that since this was a class action suit, any person so named, who had their own agenda and not those of the class, can be dismissed from the suit and replaced with those who are more favorable to the best interests of the whole class group, at the discretion of the Judge who has the authority to dismiss said persons.It will be interesting to see where this goes.

  40. So let me get this straight.. both guys held out for a good portion of the season, signed their tender to be one of the highest paid players at their position. AND NOW they want 10 million for their pain and suffering? Give me a break. Someone from the NFLPA needs to tell these two jerkoffs to get off their high horses. I mean seriously an offensive guard wants 10 million? How laughable is that.

  41. myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Jul 20, 2011 9:39 PM
    Actually, Mike Freeman makes it quite clear it is the lawyers representing those two who are demanding the money
    ________________________________
    And those lawyers work for THEM not the other way around. So if they didn’t want the $$ they could tell their lawyers to “stand down” (thank you, DeSmith).

    As for Mankins being lied to by Kraft…we will never know either way if that is true or not. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that Kraft isn’t involved with the intricacies of the business as far as cap and negotiating contracts though. So if Mankins tried to secure some sort of promise from Kraft I would imagine he would have been referred to BB and/or the contract people.

  42. Pennies. Owners fork over $10 Mill and also the NFLPA kicks in $10 mill and finish the deal.

    What – at $9Billion plus per year for 10 years – could be close to $100 Billion quick – you math majors: How much of a small fraction of that is $20 million.

    OK – off to remedial math for you if you didn’t guess 1/50th of a percent.

  43. Most of you guys are so biased it’s sick. There’s nothing wrong with Mankins and Jackson pushing for this, they got screwed last year by the bargaining agreement. If you think there is any chance these two could screw up the agreement you’re nuts, $20 million isn’t stopping the settlement. Show some common sense you nitwits.

  44. Logan Mankins is a bell end. Bro needs to realize that Belichick can coach his replacement any time he feels like.

  45. Lets just replace all these greedy players with completely new players. There is only so much room in the NFL, and plenty of talent misses out on the NFL. I say screw these “star” players and bring on whoever wants to freaking play. I love the sport, not the “icons”. I am so sick of the egos and sense of entitlement. Why did it seem like ALL sports were better in the 90’s???

  46. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 18 days…but he didn’t have anyone declaring they should get free tea to compensate what was wasted at the tea party. Get a life douches.

  47. Who the hell are you to tell people what’s right and wrong? Right for who and wrong for who? You run a football website so it’s not like you’re objective about the situation.

    This isn’t about right and wrong, this is just a business decision plain and simple. If you don’t look out for yourself nobody else will. That’s the way this country works now. Get what you can when you can and to hell with anybody else. There is nothing illegal about what they’re trying to do.

    Unless you’re giving up piles of cash to poor people, don’t give me a load of crap about how someone else should or shouldn’t handle their opportunity to make some cash of their own.

  48. The only way to shut these d-bags up is to have more contracts be incentive-laden and performance based and not “guaranteed.” Maybe there will be more playing and less talking then.

  49. How would you like to get paid 1/20th of what you should have gotten. They both should get their $10 million. They were only paid about $500 K instead of $10 million. Why should they take that loss for the good of the other players? Let other player or the NFL pay this money.

  50. What a foolish bunch of sheep the so-called PFT Nation is. As Jason Cole mentioned, every one of the plaintiff’s in the 1993 Reggie White settlement was granted lifetime freedom from the franchise tag. There is a precedent. Neither the PFT editor nor his drones recognize the existence and value of this precedent, but it might have been one of the reasons that the plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust litigation agreed to become plaintiffs. Is it their fault that the owners waited until the 11th hour to settle this matter? Had this been settled a month ago, these benefits to the plaintiffs would have been an insignificant detail of a complicated CBA.

  51. Seriously, if a friggin guard and a habitual drunk driver screw up this 9 billion dollar deal, I’m done.

  52. Let me get this right, you sat out 10 games and want to be payed like your a top 3 reciever…ummm no. If you dont like your multi year contracts dont sign them.

  53. So are they specifically demanding this or is it the lawyers (Kessler)? Seems pretty ridiculous even for an idiot like VJax to say one thing on Twitter and the next day completely contradict it.

  54. Seriously? Are these two TRYING to make the fans hate them? If so they are doing a bang up job of it. Don’t tell me you just want to play football and then delay the only thing holding you back from that for the sake of greed. I hope these guys get the a$$ kicking they deserve for their trouble.

  55. Why doesnt the NFL just give these greedy, selfish, sad, egotistical players the exemption from the franchise tag and then silently give these very “unteamlike” players a peice of their own medicine by making an agreement within the 32 teams to allow the team that would have franchised them, to be the only team allowed to have them and offer them less money knowing that no other teams would offer, except for the bears! Just ask Harbaugh

  56. BOOOOOO for ubummer, more like u like it in the bummer. Yeah, you got to look out for yourself but that doesn’t mean you have to have a total lack of morals.

  57. This is going to reach a point where the Chargers and the Patriots are going to have to begin to question whether or not keeping these two on their teams will truly be a benefit. Each day this drags on due to these two knuckleheads is going to cause a great deal of animosity to build up amongst their teammates. If by tomorrow evening they are holding their stances still that either they get 10 million or else I think the Patriots and Chargers should offer them their freedom instead. There comes a point in the graph that shows talent vs trouble that trouble begins to outweigh talent. These two are approaching it faster then a party barge on one of the Great Lakes.

  58. so by this logic doesnt it mean that cam newton et all, can sue because of the bad timing they were screwed because of the new rookie cap? its bad timing and thats life. In no way should they get any money just because of p*ss poor timing… sad really but i guess that is what happens to many athletes….. they dont live in reality…. sorry guys.

  59. SOUNDS LIKE mankind AND Jackson SET UP THERE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO POST COMMENTS UNDER DIFFERENT USERNAMES TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THERE IS ACTUALLY FANS AND PlAYeRS THAT ACEPT THEIR SELFISH WAyS!!!!!!

  60. @covercorner

    Nobody held a gun to these guys heads last year and forced them to sit out when their teams needed them the most. Should have shown up and received their paychecks.. Not the NFLs fault these two CHOSE to not accept their paychecks when an NFL team was trying to pay them millions.

    My two least favorite players I’m the league going forward.

  61. Noone called Reggie White a d-bag for getting “special treatment” when he stood up to the league in ’93.

    And any union member who has stood up to administration or upper management on behalf of others understood that.

    So can someone explain to me why the Reggie White situation doesn’t stand as precedent in this case?

    Why shouldn’t these guys get something over and above the guys who spent the time during the lockout tweeting that the lockout’s “not so bad,” or getting arrested?

    I’m not asking rhetorically, I really want to know.

  62. “endzonezombie says:
    Jul 20, 2011 10:28 PM
    What a foolish bunch of sheep the so-called PFT Nation is. As Jason Cole mentioned, every one of the plaintiff’s in the 1993 Reggie White settlement was granted lifetime freedom from the franchise tag. There is a precedent. Neither the PFT editor nor his drones recognize the existence and value of this precedent, but it might have been one of the reasons that the plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust litigation agreed to become plaintiffs. Is it their fault that the owners waited until the 11th hour to settle this matter? Had this been settled a month ago, these benefits to the plaintiffs would have been an insignificant detail of a complicated CBA.”

    I don’t care what the 93 guys got. It wasn’t right then and isn’t right now.
    If it’s only what their “lawyers” are doing and they aren’t actually requesting the cash then they must come out and say they don’t want this. If they don’t then it is the same as them saying they want the cash since they hired these guys to represent them.

  63. tomsd1 says: Jul 20, 2011 10:02 PM

    Pennies. Owners fork over $10 Mill and also the NFLPA kicks in $10 mill and finish the deal.

    What – at $9Billion plus per year for 10 years – could be close to $100 Billion quick – you math majors: How much of a small fraction of that is $20 million.

    OK – off to remedial math for you if you didn’t guess 1/50th of a percent.

    ————————————————————
    Ok Tomsd1, I will bite on your idiotic math presentation. Just because they financially have the capability to pay these cry-babies 10 million each, doesn’t mean they should. And the thought of paying 1/50 of a percent to only 2 of nearly 2000 current players (and a vastly large number of retired players) is mind-boggling stupid.

  64. I kind of wish the NFL would pay them and add a clause that neither is ever allowed back in the league in any capacity. Were all better off without these 2 a-holes.

  65. Logan Mankins is part of a group of players who last were screwed in a way because of the fact the owners waited till this offseason to even start to make a deal. And though i feel bad for him i do not think he should get any moneys.

    However with Jackson I feel nothing but spite. I really can’t stand this douche bag. He has had ONE year of good stats and all of a sudden this guy thinks hes Randy Moss in his prime. Notice how good Rivers made the other WR’s look this past year. This bum will go somewhere else and be a nothing. He is a big slow lumbering WR who’s only skill is being tall in the red zone. He never plays hard and will be a giant bust once he gets paid by some other sucker. I really hope that that evil GM in san diego (whom i don’t like much either) keeps him every year on a frnchise tag and never lets him play. I hope he keeps sitting out his 8 games or whatever and never plays football again.

    Theirs a lot of players we all say we hate but if they were on the team we route for we would love them right ?? well this is one of the guys on the short list of guys who even if they played for my Eagles I would not cheer him. I would not buy his jersey. And this coming from guy who has forgiven Vick (though i still won’t wear his jersey) mostly because Vick has shown Humility and atleast seems like he cares about the fans of the NFL. Unlike Jackson who basicly told the SD fans they could suck ***.

    Sorry i really hate this douche bag.

  66. Wow… I don’t believe these reports. It’s too insane to think that after all the backlash yesterday over the “rumor” of these players actually holding up a deal, I’m CERTAIN this report is not true.

    Everyone has been “had”…. again…

  67. weird, the chargers knew this guy was a problem, so they didn’t offer him a long term contract…and everyone on here scoffed and blamed san diego

    now everyone dislikes VJ also because he’s being a punk again…

    how very interesting…hypocrites….

  68. Why are we still referencing Freeman’s “breaking news”?

    This a**clown has been wrong every step of the way. Yet 100+ posters jump to the attack based upon the dubious words of a writer who has been proven wrong over and over again throughout this process.

    Doesn’t it bother the author of this post that this is being reported NOWHERE else?

  69. I bet we can find a million fans to each give them $1, as long as they agree to settle and then immediately retire from the sport. They obviously care more about personal greed than the future of the game anyways.

  70. oarangecrush says:
    Jul 20, 2011 10:47 PM
    Why doesnt the NFL just give these greedy, selfish, sad, egotistical players the exemption from the franchise tag and then silently give these very “unteamlike” players a peice of their own medicine by making an agreement within the 32 teams to allow the team that would have franchised them, to be the only team allowed to have them and offer them less money knowing that no other teams would offer, except for the bears! Just ask Harbaugh
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    Because that would be illegal.

  71. I hope for the players sake this rumor is false. I would not blame fans of these teams for booing them out of the stadium. How arrogant can you get?

  72. oarangecrush says:
    Jul 20, 2011 10:57 PM
    SOUNDS LIKE mankind AND Jackson SET UP THERE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO POST COMMENTS UNDER DIFFERENT USERNAMES TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THERE IS ACTUALLY FANS AND PlAYeRS THAT ACEPT THEIR SELFISH WAyS!!!!!!
    ================

    Three people voted thumbs-up to this shoe bomber’s comments?

    I weep for the future.

  73. Like many others said, looks like Kluwe pointed out the wrong douche bags. Mankins and Jackson don’t deserve a penny of MY money. No matter how comical, I think it’s insane that any fan would even suggest gathering other fans to pay them off. I don’t give a crap if they retire or not, they’re still getting $10,000,000… They don’t deserve a dime.

    These guys need to be booed out of every stadium they play in. I’d go ahead and suggest that they back down from their childish demands and let the deal go smoothly. Otherwise, they will always be remembered for this. There’s no going back if the deal isn’t done tomorrow. Losers!

  74. I’m pretty sure this is the agents just making a play they know they won’t go through with but as the Chargers and Patriots told them last year “it just business”.

  75. I think the hacker that founded wiki leaks needs to leak the owners deal so the players that are being kept in the dark can see for themselves how great this is. Instead of having 10 guys decide whether its a good deal or not for the other 1990 of them.

    They have to be just being kept in the dark completely so they won’t revolt. This is absolutely to much for anyone of a sane mind to think is right.

  76. eagleaniac says:

    Jul 20, 2011 9:01 PM

    If they screw this up for everyone else they deserve a bullseye on their back, or knees for the season

    ————————————————-

    Speaking as a lifelong Chargers fan, I completely agree with you. Jackson is a chump.

  77. Okay, okay, Logan and Vincent. Uncle!

    We will give you each $10 mil right off the top of the player’s share of the revenue. Problem solved. (But watch your back out there on the field.)

    Very well said Mike.

    (And what is Cole smoking?)

  78. All it’ll take is for the owners to announce that the deal is off, and the “NFLPA” will fold like a cheap chair.

  79. u people are funny. if any of you were in the same situation you would do the SAME thing. If your employer did to you what the NFL does to players you would scream foul. These players give up life and limb for your enjoyment and profits to billionaires and you trash these guys because they are replaceable every few years. you should all be ashamed of yourselves. . . . .you’d all see it differently if you put your a$$es on the line 17 weeks a year. You want your precious NFL this season so you side with billionaires over their employers. Cheese and rice!!!!

  80. Assuming the NFLPA members want the deal thats on the table, as THEY chose the Plaintiffs to place on the suit,THEY should give them the 10mil to go away!

  81. Jibbers34 – your 5:58 a.m. post is good.

    The owners are reading most of these posts and just cackling with glee! Why? Because they know that you people don’t care about the players or their reasons for doing what they do – you just want to see some football. You just want to put down your money – even if you haven’t worked for a year or two – go to the stadium, sit there and scream your heads off. You are willing to pay $10 for a beer, $8 for a hot-dog, $35 for a t-shirt at the game because you want to see big men pound the crap out of each other, you want to see people knocked unconscious right in front of you, you want to clap respectfully if they are carted off the field and then start screaming again. You are willing to put up with paying probably $50 for a parking place, then sit there after the game and wait for the chance to get out on the road.

    That’s fine, that’s cool, that is your right, if that’s what trips your trigger so be it.

    Just remember this – from day one of the lockout this has been ALL about one thing – money.

    Yours

  82. How about a compromise? Give both players instant free agent status for life instead of money. Then when season starts no team sign them. I am sure they will both be estatic to play in Canada.

  83. Don’t understand why people are comparing these two to anyone in the Reggie White case. As far as I remember there wasn’t a lockout in 1993 so that case only effected rule changes. These guys “holding out” on signing for personal gain in the long run will effect every player in the NFL, the owners, businesses, stadium employee’s etc. I have no problem with someone fighting for what they believe they rightfully diserve but this is a situation where doing that does the exact OPPOSITE of what you became a plantiff in this case for in the first place. The suit was brought up because the players believed the lockout is illegal. If these guys are knowingly and willingly preventing the lockout from ending they should be immediately booted from the lawsuit.

    Bottom Line I’d hate to be them at the first day of full contact practice.

  84. And I want a toilet made of solid gold but its not in the cards now is it darling ??

  85. Give them their $10M… and tell them to stay home permanently. Don’t report to camp, just stay home and don’t ever come back!

  86. I’ve been a Pats fan for 75% of my life and have always thought of Mankins as one of, if not the best guards the team has ever had and a big reason why Brady has had so much success. But if he is going to keep this stance I have only one thing to say:

    EAT $HIT AND LIVE LOGAN

    No, I didn’t say “and die”, I said “and live” because I want you to enjoy the taste…..

  87. I could understand giving the plaintiff something entra if they did anything other then just signing a form to get their name on the lawsuit. Mankins and Jackson were invisible suring all the negotiations. At least Brees has been a union guy showing up to the meeting and trying to get something done. Manning has been less visible but still put in some effort.

    I didn’t even know these two were plaintiffs until their demands. How is that helping the players and why should they get any benefit from it.

    Finally, next time this comes up, do you want some mediocre player adding his name to the lawsuit so that he can hold it up for $50 million. You give in to this extortion it will only get worse next time.

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