The NFL is seeking the appointment of a special investigator to address what it claims is widespread fraud of its concussion settlement with former players — another step in a growing feud between the sides.
Lawyers for the players alleged in a filing last month that the NFL is intentionally slowing the claims process, according to the Washington Post. Dementia claims have been especially slow to be paid out. According to the Post, only six of the 1,113 claimants with a dementia diagnosis have been paid.
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To date, more than 20,000 former players are part of the class eligible to share in a settlement that is uncapped but could approach $1 billion over its 65-year life. The settlement has approved 377 awards, according to its website, and is committed to more than $411 million in monetary awards.
There has been a lot for the once-dominant hybrid defensive tackle/end to get his mind around, going from a first-round choice to the highest-paid player on the Jets just two years ago, to what became an ugly departure from New York, plagued by injuries and tainted by innuendo and rumor mongering at the end.
To say that Wilkerson is motivated, focused and determined to return to the form that drew comparisons to J.J. Watt in 2016, when the former Pro Bowl lineman landed a deal worth $17 million per year with the Jets, would be an understatement. He has heard all the whispers and is aware of the gossip spread about him — he stopped being the same player once he got paid, he isn’t careful enough about what he puts in his body — and is intent on changing the narrative with the Packers, seeking to turn the clock back to a time when Wilkerson was most synonymous with being one the game’s elite pass rushers from the interior who could also Marlon Humphrey Youth jersey set the edge like a beast in the run game when needed.
Stephen Curry Authentic Jersey I just learned that’s how this business is, Wilkerson said of the drama surrounding his exodus from the Jets and first foray into free agency after being released. I won’t be the first player and I won’t be the last that some of these things happen to. So, is there a little extra motivation? Yeah a little bit. But at the same time… everybody is entitled to their own opinion.