Peyton Manning was one of the plantiffs in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL that was settled on the road to the end of the lockout and he shared his reasons for joining the suit in a statement on Monday.
“My objectives were two-fold when joining the group of named plaintiffs in the labor-related lawsuit. First, to show unified strength on behalf of benefiting all players; second, to see a resolution that recognizes the interests of players and management. I believe both objectives have been achieved.”
Manning then turned the page to the one that all football fans have been waiting to see for four months: “I want to get back to work.”
His statement offered no insight into when he might be able to fully get back to work. There were reports last week that Manning might not be ready for the start of training camp because of the aftereffects of his neck surgery. Neither Manning nor anyone from the Colts has seemed particularly worried about Manning’s status, though.
There’s also the little issue of Manning’s contract. He was slapped with a franchise tag before the lockout which would pay him $23.1 million for the 2011 season, but both sides have indicated a desire to come up with a longer term fix. There’s been much speculation on what such a deal would look like and whether or not Manning’s second neck surgery would alter its appearance. With everyone getting back to work, we’re a lot closer to finding out.