It’s a debate that will rage for months and years as the NFL investigates whether or not the league should sanction the players who were indicted in the case.
But for now, the debate centers on whether or the NFL should be in the position of having to pay players who have been found to be using illegal substances.
In a report published Thursday, ESPN reported that the NFL is “considering a potential $1.2 billion settlement with players” in connection to the Deflategate scandal.
The report, which cited sources close to the league, said the NFL was seeking to reach an agreement with the players before the end of the 2017 season and that the settlement could be in excess of $1 billion.
The NFL declined to comment.
If the league were to agree to a settlement, it would be the largest in NFL history and would be a major blow to the players’ lawsuit against the league.
The settlement was reached earlier this year after two years of litigation by the players and the NFLPA.
The players were not compensated for their lost wages, and the union won a $2.2 million settlement in the lawsuit.
The league also agreed to a $1 million fine and $150,000 in back pay to the union.
The new settlement is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.