The running back position in the National Football League has felt disrespected for a while.
We have seen a transition where the league has become a speed and space game for offense.
New rules have been made to protect quarterbacks and wide receivers, making them the highest-paid positions. Offensive linemen, primarily tackles, are still valued on the pay scale, and elite pass rushers make good money as well. Teams that carry high-end cornerbacks and marquee tight ends are seeing those positions make more money. The league is evolving, but the position that takes the most beatings is at the bottom of the totem pole. Teams that win the Super Bowl need to have some type of rushing attack, and running backs know it. Several of the top names in the NFL met via Zoom last week to discuss the state of the running back position and how they can help guys increase their pay. Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, and Najee Harris — all University of Alabama alums — were on the call. Henry and Harris do not like how the league is handling their position.
The running back market is not good in the NFL. Saquon Barkley is playing on a franchise tag for the New York Giants; however, everyone knows Daniel Jones’ success as a quarterback is tied to Barkley. Josh Jacobs did not reach a new deal for the Las Vegas Raiders and will not report for training camp. Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers cannot get a new deal either.
Henry and others hope the call gets the NFL Players Association to agree to something that helps running backs.
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