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Another reason Pats fans might find Peyton Manning really annoying

07.19.11 at 4:06 pm ET

While there was much attention paid on Tuesday to the stink reportedly made by Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson and their demands of free agency, $10 million in cold, hard cash or else, there’s another much more ominous development on the day before NFL players would be ready to sign a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

Multiple sources tell CBS Sports that Peyton Manning, one of the 10 named plaintiffs in an anti-trust suit against the league, wants immediate free agency in order to settle the lawsuit. CBS Sports also reports Drew Brees wants to be a free agent next year.

Under the old CBA, Brees will make $10 million in 2011 while Manning was hit with the franchise tag for 2011, which would pay him $23 million. A CBA cannot be agreed upon unless all the plaintiffs settle the case, which has Tom Brady listed as a lead plaintiff.

The sources say lawyers for the NFLPA have asked NFL owners for those two things in addition to the demands of immediate free agency or $10 million in instant cash from players Mankins and Jackson, reported by Yahoo’s Jason Cole early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s developments are hardly surprising as both sides cautioned over the weekend that many aspects of a new agreement would have to be resolved, including the so-called “Judge Doty TV lawsuit” case against NFL owners and the “Brady” anti-trust suit against the league.

This led to the news Monday night that owners and players are looking for a “global settlement” to resolve all outstanding litigation in one negotiation.

It’s still anticipated that a new CBA will get done this week and this is hardly surprising as NFL players look to use the leverage they have against owners, who are – at this stage – desperate to salvage both the preseason and regular season with an agreement so close at hand.

One major player concession on the table pertains to player safety clauses in contracts. NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported late Tuesday afternoon that players are willing – as part of any injury guarantee clauses – to include the year the player is injured, plus the year after, as opposed to two years after the year a player is hurt.

Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller and lawyers for retired NFL players attended labor talks Tuesday. Eller’s voice is considered important as he has spoken out strongly that the league’s retired players need to be covered and protected in any new CBA. Monday, it was reported that the league will provide $1 billion in benefits over the 10-year life of the agreement and add $650 million to the players retirement fund over the same time.

The court-appointed mediator, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, also was at the Tuesday session, his second consecutive day overseeing negotiations at a New York law firm.

The NFL Players Association’s executive committee and representatives of all 32 teams were gathering in Washington to prepare for possible votes on an agreement in principle.

“The grass is cut, but the hay is not in the barn yet. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” NFLPA president Kevin Mawae told reporters.

Meanwhile, NFL owners are getting ready for a special meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, when they could ratify a new deal if one is indeed ready to be signed. The league told its clubs Monday that topics would include the 2011 NFL calendar, rookie salary system and guidelines for player transactions.

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