The agreement reached on August 29 was submitted for approval in federal court in Philadelphia and Brody issued a court memorandum Tuesday saying the proposed settlement to injury litigation was denied.
"In light of my duty to protect the rights of all potential class members and the insufficiency of the current record, I will deny the Motion without prejudice," Brody said.
The primary issue is whether the settlement amount is insufficient. More evidence of specific financial payout plans and specific needs of players diagnosed with brain trauma in the future will be required by Brody.
The league did not admit fault when announcing the settlement in August. The amount players will receive will be "determined by the diagnosis," the league said at the time.
--Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham is not going anywhere if New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees can help it.
Graham, a free agent in the offseason, is one of a handful of key free agents, is expecting the franchise tag. The Saints used the same strategy to retain Brees before eventually signing him to a contract worth $100 million. His deal consumes $18.4 million and $26.4 million in cap space the next two seasons.
"Listen, I get compensated very well. I don't take that for granted for one second," Brees said. "But I play this game because I love this game, I love this locker room and I love the opportunity to win a championship."
The Saints are projected to be at least $12 million over the 2014 salary cap of $126.6 million.
Graham played almost half of his total snaps at wide receiver and could be primed to challenge the franchise free agent value. In the past, hybrid athletes such as Baltimore Ravens defensive end-outside linebacker Terrell Suggs were successful challenging the tag value.
Graham, who played with a serious foot injury late in the 2013 season and postseason, led the Saints with 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. In 2012, he caught 85 passes for 982 yards and nine touchdowns.
Brees, 35, just completed his third consecutive 5,000-yard passing season.
--A slow-moving coaching search by the Cleveland Browns is unlikely to shift gears until the front office sits down to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Gase is expected to interview with the Browns only after the Broncos are eliminated from the postseason.
Gase, 35, made the decision not to interview during the playoffs upon learning the Browns and Minnesota Vikings were interested in conducting interviews with him during Denver's bye week in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
The appeal, of course, is that Gase -- in concert with quarterback Peyton Manning -- helped the Broncos finish the season with a league-record 606 points and a passing offense that was statistically the most productive in NFL history.
It is not known if Gase will also interview with the Vikings, whose vacancy remains but reports indicate the team has three finalists -- including one "mystery" candidate. That third party could be Gase. Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordiantor Todd Bowles are reportedly coming back for second interviews.
Meanwhile a second coordinator has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Browns' job.
Last week, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew his name.
This week, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has withdrawn from the Cleveland job, according to Fox Sports.
--In a refreshing break from the 24/7/365 chatter about quarterbacks, the Professional Football Writers of America selected Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy as NFL's 2013 Rookie of the Year.