Melvin Gordon is feeling the continued diminishment of the Running Back position.
The running back position has garnered significant attention lately in the NFL.
Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs have yet to sign their franchise tags, while fans eagerly await Dalvin Cook’s move to the Miami Dolphins.
Former running back star Melvin Gordon recently spoke out on the state of the position, claiming that it is currently the worst to play in the NFL.
“It’s so tough for running backs right now, man. You have a lot of running backs out there and we just don’t get no love. It’s literally the worst position to play in the NFL right now. It literally sucks,” Gordon said.
"It's literally the worst position to play in the NFL right now. It literally sucks."
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) June 21, 2023
He notes that running backs receive little recognition despite the physical demands of the position.
This has been a trend over the years due to the position’s short shelf life and limited earning potential, with most running backs being locked into rookie contracts for four years.
Teams have also opted to replace declining running backs in the draft rather than offering expensive, long-term contracts.
The unresolved contracts of Barkley and Jacobs may set a precedent for the future treatment of star running backs with expired contracts.