Reports are flying all over the web that a few individual players' demands could hold up the end of the NFL lockout. (Or not.)

Patriots G Logan Mankins and San Diego WR Vincent Jackson reportedly want free agency -- or $10 million.

Peyton Manning and Drew Brees reportedly want to be exempt from the franchise tag for the rest of their careers.

Why is this a problem? Simple. Before the lockout can end, the players' antitrust lawsuit -- "Tom Brady, et al. v. National Football League, et al." -- must be settled. And for it to be settled, all 10 players named must be satisfied.

So some, apparently, are asking for individual concessions.

Notice who's not? The guy whose name -- via alphabetical order -- is atop the suit.

What a great situation for Brady. He's got millions in the bank, a supermodel wife, a winning team that should be on the field within a week -- and now he's the good guy in the lockout, solely because he's not making ridiculous demands. Even if the reports are false, and Jackson, Mankins, Brees and Manning haven't asked for anything special, Brady still makes out in the public's mind.

Some guys have all the luck.

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