— The New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns agreed Monday to pay a combined $5.5 million each to settle a lawsuit alleging that they failed to properly address the effects of repeated head trauma on players who had experienced repeated head injuries in their NFL careers.
The agreement came after a federal jury found that New Orleans and Cleveland failed to prevent and respond to a series of head trauma-related deaths and injuries.
The settlement is contingent on the Browns and Saints reaching an agreement on a new set of medical and surgical procedures and the payment of an additional $4 million in damages to settle the claims, according to a court document.
Cleveland and New Orleans did not disclose the amount of the settlement.
The Browns and New York Jets were also named in the suit, which was filed in June 2017.
The Saints had asked for $3 million and $1.5 billion, respectively.
The Browns and the Saints are not the only teams to have settled a concussion case.
In July 2018, the NFL settled a class-action lawsuit alleging it failed to adequately address the potential health effects of concussions among players and coaches.
The lawsuit, which sought compensatory and punitive damages, sought $25 million in back pay and $2.5 to $5 billion in punitive damages.
The NFL said the settlement, if approved by a judge, will cover the health costs of approximately 4,000 players and their families who played in at least 20 NFL games between 2002 and 2018.
The NFL did not immediately respond to questions about the settlement Monday.