• Cleveland Browns All-Pro running back Nick Chubb.
• New York Giants two-time Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley.
• Tennessee Titans superstar running back and 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Derrick Henry.
• San Francisco 49ers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.
• Las Vegas Raiders All-Pro running back Josh Jacobs.
- Ekeler is in the final year of his contract, which pays him a base salary of $6.25 million, per Spotrac. He is seeking a long-term extension.
- Chubb is signed through the next two seasons at $10.85 million and $11.775 million, respectively, per Spotrac. ESPN notes that Chubb has no guaranteed money after this upcoming season.
- Barkley and Jacobs have both received a franchise tender offer from their respective teams, but neither has signed yet. The franchise tender for running backs is worth $10.091 million.
- Henry’s contract is the most complicated due to restructuring, but he is effectively in the final year of his contract that will pay him $10.5 million, per Spotrac.
- McCaffrey, according to ESPN, is the highest-paid running back in the league, averaging over $16 million a year on a deal that runs through 2025.
Those numbers were confirmed by CBS Sports, painting a stark picture that kickers (a position that some, like sports pundit Skip Bayless, don’t even consider a real football position) are more valuable to NFL teams than running backs. That’s a crazy reality to grapple with, especially for NFL fans over the age of 30. Imagine making the case for why Martín Gramática deserves a more lucrative contract than fellow Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warrick Dunn back in 1999. And yet, as evidenced by this emergency zoom call of the NFL’s elite running backs, it does indeed appear to be a reality that’s settling in. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Can someone please explain this? pic.twitter.com/e9XgywpOF9— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 18, 2023