Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that lawyers for Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins are still holding up the NFL Lockout by demanding $10 million apiece after being among the plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit.
The lawsuit against the NFL cannot be settled until all the plaintiffs agree and as of late Wednesday night, the source said, Mankins and Jackson were still seeking payment. The NFL, thus far, refuses to agree.
My guess: tomorrow, after more criticism, the two men will drop their requests and the CBA will be agreed to by the players and owners.
Freeman is probably right. Earlier this week, it had been reported that Jackson in particular had "softened [his] stance," and Jackson himself claims that he just wants to play football and that he has "made no demands." That doesn't sound like someone who's going to turn this into a protracted battle that will probably accomplish nothing except delay the start of the season and turn Vincent Jackson into a nationwide villain. I bet Mankins will eventually back down as well. But you never know - greed knows no bounds. In the meantime, this little dancing is beginning to upset their peers - Chris Kluwe has already expressed anger about this, and as Sean Keeley points out, he probably isn't the only player who feels that way.
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