The NFL could be set to ban helmets. The chairman of the National Football League’s Health and Safety Advisory Commission thinks American football could ban helmets in the future, as experts say they give players a false sense of security. The company has tried to reduce the risk of head injuries over the last five years and recently reached an almost one billion dollar legal settlement with ex-players suffering from head trauma, depression, memory loss, and mood swings.
My question: Does with in "The company ... legal settlement with ex-players" mean an agreement between 'The company' and 'ex-players' (which doesn't make sense(?)) OR an agreement between 'The company' and 'legal organizations' for the benefits of ex-players?
In the quoted text it doesn't make sense that one billion dollar has been taken from ex-players, it should mean (?) ex-players one billion dollar has been considered for ex-players. But according to Wikipedia: In law, a settlement is a resolution between disputing parties about a legal case, reached either before or after court action begins.