SAN DIEGO – Friday evening, Eye on Football’s Will Brinson outlined what needs to happen in the coming days for both the owners and players to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement and for there to be a 2011 NFL season.
One of the ancillary issues involves Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who also happens to be one of the named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady v. NFL lawsuit. According to a report earlier this week, Jackson was seeking either $10 million or to immediately become an unrestricted free agent before he would sign off on a settlement.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Saturday morning that Jackson is “now is willing to release his claim without compensation.”
(Patriots lineman Logan Mankins allegedly made similar demands, which his agent refuted. Either way, Mankins said Thursday that he will sign off to settle the case without seeking compensation.)
There now appears to be one fewer obstacle between the owners, players and a 2011 season. More reason for optimism: CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reported Friday that negotiations will continue through the weekend. “The players don’t really need that much time to sort through the offer. … The issues remaining can be solved fairly easily and quickly if they wanted.”