NFL’s Evolution: Running Backs Becoming Expendable
The National Football League has come a long way since its inception, yet not everyone has been equally rewarded by the changes. In particular, running backs have become expendable and almost replaceable commodities in modern football.
Cheaper Deals Preferred Over Contract Extensions
Rather than extending contracts or paying high salaries, teams would rather draft a younger RB and keep them on a much cheaper deal, before eventually allowing them to depart. This is why players like Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Tony Pollard were not given a deal prior to yesterday’s franchise tag deadline.
Adapting to Change
NFL analyst Colin Cowherd believes that those complaining about the market for running backs should come to terms with the fact that all businesses change, and the NFL is no different. He encourages people to be innovative and creative when it comes to dealing with the ever-evolving nature of the game.
The NFL has changed significantly since its early days, and while not everyone has been equally rewarded by these changes, running backs have become increasingly expendable in modern football. Teams prefer to draft younger players on cheaper deals rather than extend contracts, and NFL analyst Colin Cowherd believes that people should accept the ever-evolving nature of the game and be innovative when dealing with it.