April 24, 2024

The NFL’s top RBs are scheduled to meet via Zoom on Saturday to discuss solutions for the cash-strapped market, according to a report

When breaking news happened at the NFL games Monday’s franchise tag deadline for new long-term contracts for the three remaining franchise-tagged players, three current Pro Bowl running backs — Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders, Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants and Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys — had plenty at the top job. After many Pro Bowl endorsements speak out on Twitter regarding the NFL’s apparent disdain for enriching them on second contracts, they are meeting for an organized debate via Zoom to discuss what they as a group can do to save their financial future, according to ProFootballTalk.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, who became the seventh player since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to lead the league in touchdowns scored in consecutive seasons, is the organizer of the meeting. Ekeler did not receive a contract extension from the Chargers despite his historic efforts, and he was unable to garner interest on the trade market. All was given to him additional incentive bonuses for the 2023 season.

Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones took a pay cut to stay with the Green and Gold despite rushing for 1,121 career rushing yards, 10th most in the NFL. Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon also restructured his deal to make himself more affordable for the AFC runner-up. Free agent Dalvin Cook, the only player in the entire NFL with at least 1,100 rushing yards in each of the last four seasons, was released by the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Six years ago, back in 2017, the running back’s franchise tag figure was $12.1 million. Today, that figure has dropped $2 million to $10.1 million, which is what Jacobs — who led the NFL in rushing (1,653) and scrimmage yards (2,053) in 2022 — will make Barkley and Pollard in 2023 on their one-year fully guaranteed deals. On the flip side, franchise tag figures have increased for quarterbacks ($21.2 million in 2017 to $32.4 in 2023), wide receivers ($15.6 million in 2017 to $19.7 million in 2023), offensive linemen ($14.2 million to $18.29 million), in $18.29 million ($14.2 million to $18.2 9 million), in $18.29 million ($18.29 million), in $18.29 million ($18.29 million), in $18.29 million ($18.29 million), in $18.29 million ($18.29 million), in defense pledges. 2023) and cornerbacks ($14.2 million in 2017 and $18.1 million in 2023).

Options such as various structured contracts as outlined by Joel Corry of CBS Sports or perhaps petitioning the NFL Players Association to help them try to secure the current collective bargaining agreement, which is in effect through the 2030 season, could be an addendum to the agenda for Saturday night. As shown in Hollywood where both writers and actors are currently on strike, there is more power in a united collective front when demanding a case for better compensation. That’s what current NFL quarterbacks are trying to build and achieve right now.

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