Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Like Reggie White once discovered, maybe there is something extra special waiting for the players whose names are attached to the Brady v NFL lawsuit that’s winding its way through the court system. A nice little perk that could make them extra money for the rest of their careers.
According to Pro Football Talk sources, the agency that represents Peyton Manning and Drew Brees is pushing for both players to be exempt from the franchise tag for any team who would want to place it on them.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility, considering White, whose name was on the 1993 lawsuit against the NFL, won a franchise tag-free existence after that legal dispute was settled.
Manning, who’s currently the Colts franchise tag for 2011, would almost certainly receive an astronomical new contract from Indianapolis if this were to happen, and Brees -- entering the final year of his contract with the Saints -- would most likely benefit as well.
PFT also writes that other players on the suit - specifically Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, Patriots G Logan Mankins and Broncos rookie LB Von Miller -- also could receive the same kind of reward.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.