But in a Sunday report from ESPNs Steve FainaruandMark Fainaru-Wada , its revealed the plaintiffs had asked for much more and the likelihood that theyd get it was marginal, at best. The players
side wanted just over $2 billion, and as the Fainaru/Fainaru-Wada report indicated, the NFL started from about zero in its discussions. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who must still sign off on
the recent agreement, apparently told the two sides that she was ready to agree with the NFLs contention that many who played during the former collective bargaining agreement those who played
from 1994 through 2010 should be excluded. This would have eliminated a huge percentage of the plaintiff pool, and scuttled the class-action aspect of the claim. Brody also said that since the
leagues concussion committee wasnt formed until 1994, those remaining in the suit would have a tough time proving any fraud allegations. The NFL was looking at the public relations nightmare of a
long legal fight, and a discovery process that may have revealed the full scale of the NFLs frequently shoddy handling of head trauma over the years. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was excoriated
by Congress in an Oct. 2009 hearing in which Goodell vaguely tried to reinforce the leagues commitment to a safer game, and the questionable longtime standing of Dr.
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Friend(s) Email More Columns > The Dallas Cowboys made their third trade in three days, this time sending tight end Dante Rosario to the Chicago Bears for a 2014 seventh-round draft pick, the
team's official website reported Monday. Jerry Jones continues to stockpile seventh-round picks -- he received a 2015 seventh-round pick for defensive end Sean Lissemore over the weekend -- but
receiving something is usually better than nothing. Rosario signed with the Cowboys during the offseason. The trade leaves the 'boys with four tight ends: Jason Witten , James Hanna , Gavin
Escobar and Andre Smith . Rosario will join a group of tight ends in Chicago highlighted by Martellus Bennett . Rasario has mostly been a bit player in his six seasons with the Carolina Panthers
, Miami Dolphins , Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers .
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