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Players Conditionally Vote on Settlement, Not the CBA


Via: Pro Football Weekly

Player representatives voted to forward the Brady antitrust settlement to the plaintiffs, but did not vote to approve a new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter first reported that the players conditionally voted the settlement to the plaintiffs, “pending resolution of some outstanding issues.” According to Trotter, one of the issues may be the $320 million that players reportedly claim to have lost in benefits in the 2010 league year, which was played without a salary cap.

A source told FoxSports.com’s Alex Marvez that the player reps need to review the CBA material before they can vote on it.

Earlier Wednesday, PFW’s Eric Edholm reported there was some tension between player reps and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on a conference call.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reported Wednesday that lawyers representing Chargers WR Vincent Jackson(notes) and Patriots OG Logan Mankins(notes) were requesting $10 million for each player, which was one of the snags from the CBA talks on the NFLPA side from being completed, Freeman said. Trotter, who noted that Jackson wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he had “made no demands,” reported on SportsIllustrated.com that a source told him that “Jackson’s camp indeed is seeking to have his situation addressed.”

Jackson and Freeman are plantiffs in the Brady case. Each received the franchise tag in 2010 and again this offseason.

The league’s labor committee met in Atlanta Wednesday to go over the details of a new labor agreement. All 32 owners are set to meet in Atlanta on Thursday. If the players ratify a new CBA early in the day, the owners conceivably could approve later on Thursday.

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