It came out earlier today in the wake of all the reports over what decertification means and what exactly happens at 5 o’clock if there’s no extension (which there now is) that the NFLPA plans to take a very public-image-minded approach to their antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, should things get to that point. The three plaintiffs to be named in the antitrust lawsuit will be none other than star quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees (gasp!)
This really amounts to little more than a publicity stunt, and a fairly hokie one at that. This would all happen in the event that the NFL fails to reach a deal. Today they agreed on a 24 hour extension, they could literally continue doing that for weeks, but in the event that stops and the union decided to decertify, it will be done so they can proceed to file an antitrust suit against the NFL in the hopes that would swing the tides in their favor.
I understand why picking those three players works, but the fact they are also three of the highest paid players in the history of their sport (with Manning currently negotiating for a monster contract) really detracts from their point. What about an undrafted rookie free agent like LeGarrette Blount or someone who actually may feel the pinch in the event of an NFL lock-out. Either way it’s a tough sell. Not all players are rich, but most of them make more than the majority of us. If you’re sitting on the lower end of five figures (like me) you’re not exactly welling up for poor old Peyton Manning (who you see three times a night if you watch more than an hour of TV).