|Report: Logan Mankins could end up holding up new labor deal||07.19.11 at 9:34 am ET|
While just about everything seems to point to a looming resolution between players and owners in the NFL labor struggle, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins could be one of two players who could throw a wrench into things.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Mankins and San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson want to become unrestricted free agents or be given $10 million each for settling as lead plaintiffs in the case of Brady vs. the NFL, and the business of football cannot resume unless the antitrust lawsuit is settled with all the plaintiffs.
Both Mankins and Jackson sat out several games last season after publicly voicing displeasure over their contract situation — Mankins went AWOL for the offseason programs and the first seven games of the 2010 season — and now, both have been hit with the franchise tag. (Jackson and Mankins were among a group of players who have had to wait six years to reach unrestricted free agency because of previous rules.)
However, it sounds like the league will make sure the two are compensated at the expense of holding up a deal.
“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,” Yahoo! quotes an NFL Players Association source as saying. “My guess would be that the owners or the league will pay them.”
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