Report: Mankins and Jackson ask for free agency or money

Posted July 19, 2011 @ 9:46 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Patriots OG Logan Mankins and Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, two of the plaintiffs in the "Tom Brady vs. NFL" antitrust lawsuit, have asked for special deals as part of the suit's settlement, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

The two players, both of whom were given the franchise tag by their respective teams before the lockout began, are asking to either be unrestricted free agents following the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement or be given $10 million each. Both Mankins and Jackson sat out part of the 2010 season because they were unhappy with their contract situations.

As Cole states in his story, there is a precedent to the players' request. In 1993, when Reggie White and some other players sued the NFL, the settlement included a clause that said the plaintiffs could not be named franchise players.

"They're asking for something they believe — and I think most people would believe — is fair compensation for what they've had to go through," an NFLPA source told Cole. "My guess would be that the owners or the league will pay them."

The other seven active players in the lawsuit — Patriots QB Tom Brady, Colts QB Peyton Manning, Saints QB Drew Brees, Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, Broncos OLB Von Miller and free agents OLB Ben Leber and DE Brian Robison — all could ask for some sort of compensation as well. The Yahoo! story says that since Leber and Robison have been unable to sign contracts, they are most likely to be given something, as well as Miller, who has yet to sign a deal because he is a rookie. A source told Cole that the three quarterbacks are unlikely to ask for anything in a settlement, because they already have a great amount of leverage in contract talks.

An eighth member of the suit, Mike Vrabel, has retired from the NFL.

The lawsuit has to be settled before the players and owners can both sign off on a new CBA, which could happen as early as Thursday.