While there's still optimism that a deal will be struck to end the NFL lockout sometime this week, we've been treated to several stories on Tuesday that aren't so positive.
Various reports have said that Colts QB Peyton Manning, Saints QB Drew Brees, Patriots G Logan Mankins and Chargers WR Vincent Jackson are seeking some sort of compensation for being named plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit.
As we previously explained, the plaintiffs in the Reggie White lawsuit in 1993, which is similar to this one, were compensated via the fact that the franchise tag couldn't be used on them.
This time around, the players are hoping for something similar (or, in at least one of those players' case, seeking $10 million as part of the settlement).
Apparently, not every NFL player agrees with the idea that those players should receive bonus compensation whether that be through eliminating the franchise tag for them or a cash payout. Chris Kluwe, punter for the Vikings, has taken issues with those players via Twitter:
Sigh, and once again greed is the operative byword. Congrats Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson for being 'that guy'.#douchebags
He's probably not the only one that feels that way.
It'll be interesting to see if there will be more backlash against those players for requesting special treatment.