Players file suit against NFL

Posted March 11, 2011 @ 6:54 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The players have played the next card in their hand, filing an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL to prevent a lockout shortly after decertifying as a union.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Colts QB Peyton Manning, Saints QB Drew Brees, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, Vikings LB Ben Leber, Patriots OG Logan Mankins, Vikings DE Brian Robison, Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel and Texas A&M LB Von Miller will be the lead plaintiffs representing the players in the suit.

The players filed suit against the NFL in the 8th district court in Minnesota, seeking class-action against the league and they filed a request for an injunction to keep the NFL and teams from locking them out. Judge David Doty, who ruled against the league in a recent case involving "lockout insurance," will preside over the case. Doty ruled the owners violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement by signing contracts with TV networks, contracts that would have given them access to $4 billion in the event of a lockout.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith referenced Miller, who is expected to be a top 10 draft pick in April's draft, in his most recent press conference, saying a "young Aggie" is ready to help represent the players in a lawsuit.