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.
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: