This post was written by Jared A Quan
As fans we cheered when the lockout ended. After being threatened with the possibility of no NFL season we watched preseason games forgetting the drama that had passed. It isn’t difficult for us to wash away not look back at the lockout as we watched the first games of the season.
However there was one piece of business that was bound to reemerge despite the agreements. September 13, 2011, twenty-eight retired NFL players file federal papers against NFLPA, Tom Brady, and Mike Vrabel, as reported by ESPN. This isn’t a big surprised as retired payers had previously expressed their disappointment in the NFLPA during the lockout, for both the lack of representation and bargaining on their behalf. The lockout directly affected retired players, as the CBA would cover topics like health care and retirement funds. Some points of the CBA still had to be worked out after the general agreement was signed by both sides. This was evident by the late appearance of free agents in camp, like Alex Smith. The only question is why did the retired players wait until now to file the lawsuit? It is ironic that Tom Brady is coming of a fantastic performance, against the Dolphins. I doubt it will take long for us to discover more details concerning the lawsuit, however I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFLPA doesn’t try to quickly sweep this under the rug with a settlement of some sort, to avoid any bad press.