The concussion settlement, including plaintiffs' legal fees, may cost NFL owners almost $1 billion total. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
The NFL will have to pay up to $765 million to a group of approximately 4,500 former players who sued the league over concussion-related issues. But is it enough?
Not hardly, based on the initial reaction from players (current and former) and agents to the settlement announcement. The near-unanimous opinion appeared to be that the NFL got off light in the case, which some thought would cost the league upwards of $2 billion before all was said and done.
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Former linebacker Aaron Curry, who just announced his retirement this week, was among those who took to Twitter to express disappointment with the developments:
Current Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, always one to speak his mind, at least acknowledged that the $765-million fee was better than nothing, though he joined Curry in wondering what it will really accomplish:
Others, including ex-NFL player LeCharles Bentley were less magnanimous. Bentley sued the Browns following his retirement in 2009, after he contracted a serious staph infection while attempting to rehab a knee injury.
Agent David Canter of DEC Management unleashed a series of angry tweets in the moments following the settlement's announcement. Included were the following:
One-time NFL tight end Alex Holmes, who played his college football at USC, cut more directly to the heart of the matter:
Seau tragically took his own life last year, then later was diagnosed with CTE -- a degenerative brain disease linked by some studies to head trauma caused by the violent collisions in football.