The NFL and NFLPA are currently trying to get a new CBA passed. They are at the point where they have a proposal waiting for approval from the NFLPA in which players are currently casting their individual posts.
One player who doesn’t want the current proposal to go through is running back Joe Mixon, and he has some reasonable gripes.
One of the headlining changes is the potential for the NFL to add a 17th regular season game. At this current juncture, there is nothing in the CBA that talks about adding an additional bye week, and the NFL is set to drop the preseason down to two games. The only real change being made to compensate for this is additional spots on the NFL roster.
As an NFL running back, it is understandable as to why Mixon may not be a fan of all of this. The wear and tear his position receives already has his position among the most likely to hit a plateau early. Adding an additional game really just makes the miles tick a little quicker.
Some supporters of the current proposal point to the much more easy going drug policy as a positive for the players, but Mixon isn’t buying that.
Coming from a person who has never smoked i can care less. Y’all running from the fact that it ain’t right with this new bs CBA. Focus on im a running back and 17 weeks is no joke. https://t.co/xIPOo6ilow— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) March 5, 2020
Mixon obviously has some reasonable complaints. Unfortunately, he may be in the minority among all NFL players. The truth is many players are journeymen that are just looking to stick to a roster or practice squad for a season. Those players will likely be excited at the possibility of more spaces being opened up for them. Not to mention other positions that don’t have to worry about the kind of beating running backs and players of the like have to take.
There is every reason for Mixon to want a better deal, but as players, they just don’t have much of a leg to stand on. Most players are trying to avoid a possible lockout situation, so them getting anything is sort of a win for those players. It is a sad truth that won’t change unless we see a large scale push back from all players.