Reports: Mankins, Jackson settlement an issue

Multiple reports continue to surface that lawyers representing the interests of Patriots guard Logan Mankins and Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson are continuing to hold out for a cash settlement of $10 million for their clients.

Mike Freeman of cbssports.com reported “their holdout is indeed slowing the process. The owners may indeed vote on CBA as it is presently constituted but if Mankins and Jackson don’t drop demands, vote is meaningless.”

Stay tuned. We could get into a situation where Mankins and Jackson continue on with some course of action against the NFL, while the main agreement moves on.

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UPDATE: Frank Bauer, the agent for Logan Mankins, told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that he and his client never have made any financial demands as a named plaintiff:

I think it’s really unfair what has happened to Logan Mankins in media characterizations that he is making monetary demands or holding up a settlement. 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 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.”

That is one strange statement. Seems like Bauer doesn’t even have any idea what NFLPA lead counsel Jeff Kessler might be negotiating on behalf of his client. Bauer said Mankins has basically been used by the union and Kessler.

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