Report: NFLPA executive committee yet to approve antitrust settlement

Posted July 19, 2011 @ 9 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET Tuesday

The NFLPA executive committee wrapped up its meeting Tuesday evening and, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, did not come to a decision on whether to recommend approval of the settlement of the Brady antitrust case.

The goal appeared to be for the executive committee to approve the settlement and for player reps to vote on it on Wednesday, with the owners' meeting Thursday being the final step.

Reports surfaced earlier Tuesday that plaintiffs in the case are asking for compensation for settling the Brady case. Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson, both of whom received the franchise tag from their respective teams, are asking to be unrestricted free agents or be given $10 million each.

Drew Brees and Peyton Manning also want compensation, reportedly asking to be exempt from the franchise tag.

The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard reported that Brees, Manning and Jackson had "softened their stances" due to backlash from players. Tuesday evening, Trotter tweeted that Jackson is the only player to not verbally sign off on the settlement.

Brees tweeted, "I hesitate to even dignify the false media reports with a response, but obviously they are leading people astray."

"I want no special perks. My job is to get a fair deal for all players, and I am proud to represent them all — past, present and future," Brees added. "All media claims about me wanting a personal reward for this deal are false. I hope you all know me better than that.

Tom Condon, who represents Brees and Manning, told ESPN's Chris Mortensen, "Drew and Peyton haven't asked for anything individually and continue to be 100 percent behind the players' efforts to resolve the negotiations."

Lawyers for both sides have gone into the evening finishing the paperwork of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that the goal is to present the NFLPA executive committee and the league's labor committee with the completed document on Wednesday.

The way we see it

Assuming that the NFLPA executive committee has yet to approve any settlement, it's possible that is due to the document being unfinished. The timeline of getting the players' approval on Wednesday and owners on Thursday is still very much a viable and expected option, as long as there are no more hurdles, and the plaintiffs' demands appear to be the final one.