Apparently, the ongoing strike and sit-in demonstrations in various writers and actors unions have had an impact on professional sports as well. The New York Giants and running back Saquon Barkley are at loggerheads over whether the team is giving him an ultimatum of a void contract or the franchise tag, and now he’s considering it. oppenheimer Option: sit out the whole season,
Wasting a healthy year is clearly an extreme measure, yet so is his ball lifting brothers are supporting, and it’s good; It’s good to see she’s got a solid support system. Speaking of which, where is his union representation? What would he suggest they do?
While I don’t know who specifically assigned Barkley, NFLPA president Jesse Trator had some *wink, wink* advice for Giants running backs Josh Jacobs and all the other totters bothered by the franchise tag (via Pro Football Talk,
“You need to try to create as much leverage as possible,” Tratter explained on something called Ross Tucker Podcast, “And that’s the tough thing with the franchise tag, or being restricted in movement, it lowers your leverage, but then you have to find creative ways to build leverage elsewhere. I think we’ve seen issues – now, I don’t think anyone would say these were fake injuries, but we’ve seen players who didn’t want to be where they are currently, have had injuries that made it difficult for them to practice. You have been unable to do, and play, but you cannot be fined, and you cannot be punished for not reporting.”
Ah, yes, the “Ben Simmons, my back, my back” excuse. adventure strategy. I can’t say that it worked for him, but maybe it’s different in football. proceed; Let’s hear the rest of this sorry thought process/interview.
“I don’t think I’m allowed to recommend it, at least publicly, but I think every player has to find a way to create leverage to try to get a fair deal, and really all of these guys For seeing that, proper compensation has to be given.
Lord, JC, is that all you got? It’s easy to forget that NFL running backs are part of a union. Faltering coaches and inept quarterbacks constantly run these guys into oncoming traffic, Pundits Are Advising Front Offices Not to Pay Them After their rookie deals, one of the biggest stars at the position is willingly threatening to burn down a healthy season, and the union president can only offer, “Maybe try reaching out to your hammy?”
Hey, Sacon, don’t… don’t do that. If Barkley – a player notorious for getting injured – goes limp during a season on the franchise tag, why in the world would GM Joe Schoen pay a dime of the guaranteed money?
Sitting out will not refund the money you would have received for playing a limited-life position, and neither will feigning injuries. Le’Veon Bell said this week that he regrets his “petty” exit from Pittsburgh, and to be honest, he’s never been the same person since. (He also went to the Jets, so there were myriad factors that led to his loss of relevance.)
This problem has taken over the Union Territory, and I’m not just talking about the franchise tag. Running backs have been devalued like landlines, despite still having a real, tangible impact on winning. If the backs’ time meter in the NFL is limited due to corporal punishment, they should be paid more because it’s not going to last long.
This is similar to psychopaths who get a king’s ransom (on a universal scale) for catching a king crab in the Arctic Ocean or running a semi on ice. The back escape doesn’t put life at risk, but it can cause some organ damage, and they deserve better protection.
The perception of the NFLPA is that it sucks, and this kind of shit isn’t going to help. It is quite clear that the running backs are on their own; are forced to take bad contracts for tough, career-shortening labor, even if they are not washed.
One time I found a free koozie that came with a carabiner, and I wondered what possible purpose it could serve? Then I needed a carabiner for a set of keys, and this came in handy. Be useful, NFLPA. Give a reason for existence.