One of the last stumbling blocks of the owners and players reaching a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is the settlement of the Brady lawsuit against the NFL. Patriots guard Logan Mankins and Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson are plaintiffs on the case and must agree to whatever settlement is reached. However, according to reports, both players are looking for either $10 million or access to unrestricted free agency in order to reach a settlement. Recall that both players were slapped with the franchise tag prior to the NFL lockout.
That begs the question: If it came down to just reaching a settlement to get a new labor deal, would Logan Mankins (this is a Pats site so let’s leave Jackson out of this) be selfish enough to hold up, in essence, the NFL?
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston doesn’t think that Mankins would put the NFL labor agreement at risk, and I tend to agree. I don’t think that he will become an unrestricted free agent, but perhaps a promise of not using the franchise tag again on him (as Reiss suggests) or perhaps a reduced dollar amount would be sufficient. I’m thinking along the lines of Mankins recouping what he lost last season due to his holdout, perhaps maybe even slightly more, would be acceptable. However, I wouldn’t put any credence to the notion that Mankins (or Vincent Jackson for that matter) would hold the NFL labor agreement hostage over their own individual qualms with their respective team.