A couple of days ago, it was reported that Chargers WR Vincent Jackson and Patriots G Logan Mankins were demanding either access to unrestricted free agency or $10 million as part of the settlement to end the lockout. As one of the main plaintiffs, Mankins has to sign off on the settlement that would end Brady v. the NFL and in essence end the NFL lockout. It was confirmed that those were Jackson’s demands, but not Mankins’.
Now we know what those demands are, or rather, aren’t.
According to Frank Bauer, Logan’s agent, he made no such demands. Here’s the full quote, courtesy of ESPN Boston:
“I think it’s realy unfair what has happened to Logan Mankins in media characterizations that he is making monetary demands or holding up a settlement,” Bauer told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
“Logan Mankins is a young man who was encouraged and solicited into a lawsuit to help the union spearhead a new agreement. Logan’s main concern for entering into as a plaintiff was to see if he can become free and help other players have less restrictions. For people to say he has made monetary demands, he hasn’t made any such demand. We don’t know terms. We haven’t talked to (NFLPA attorney) Jeff Kessler. There has been no communication, but it’s irresponsible to report Logan has made monetary demands.
“Are we disappointed there has been no communication? Hugely. He trusted the union and Kessler to fight for Logan Mankins and the other players.”
ESPN added that Bauer noted that Mankins could pursue his own antitrust lawsuit against the NFL if he so chose. I don’t think that Mankins is that selfish, not do I think he would have much of a case because the Patriots never operated outside the parameters of the previous rules that were in place. Mankins will either sign his franchise tag and make $10 million guaranteed or sign a contract extension.
ESPN Boston has a poll up asking for your opinion on Logan’s future, which you can vote in HERE.