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"mid-tier" NFL players to file own suit

The Sports Business Journal reports a "breakaway" group of "mid-tier" NFL players is set to sign a lawfirm to intervene in the Brady vs. NFL case. The players, believed to be as many 70, are not happy that talks under federal mediator George Cohen broke off in March. Their motion, expected to be filed late this week, is essentially an attempt to have their voices heard alongside the owners and higher-paid players at the mediation table. This is the first tangible sign of discord among the players. Even if Judge Susan Nelson is expected to grant an injunction, this report is more fodder for the belief that NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith's extreme positions have "painted him into a corner," as PFT's Mike Florio suggested. ---------- Without any union jurisdiction, I was actually wondering if this was going to occur, since there are many players who do not have the financial security blanket that the Brady's and Manning's of the league have. I wonder if any Eagles are involved.

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