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Mankins Wants to be a Free Agent – Or Get $10 Mil

The agents for Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots guard Logan Mankins reportedly are demanding their clients become unrestricted free agents once the lockout is lifted or receive $10 million payments as part of the settlement of the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit. Both players are among 10 named plaintiffs in the lawsuit and both received franchise tags from their teams before the NFL locked out its players in March. The settlement of the Brady lawsuit is one of the final items that need to be resolved before the NFL and its players can agree to a new collective bargaining agreement.

One league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that he doubted that the reported issue would hold up a settlement, however. “Is Vincent Jackson going to hold up the NFL season for 1,900 players, the clubs and the fans? Too smart a guy for that,” the source told Schefter. Sources told’s John Clayton that neither Jackson nor Mankins have been contacted recently about a settlement to the Brady lawsuit but the NFL Players Association is drawing up, and hopes to finalize, a near draft of the settlement to review Tuesday, a player source told Schefter.

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