The Cincinnati Bengals are getting ready to usher in a new era when they select Joe Burrow with the 1st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft next week.
It appears Cincinnati might not have their running back to help the rookie during his first stint in the NFL.
Bengals running back Joe Mixon is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, and according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Athletic, the Bengals are prepared for a holdout if negotiations on a long-term deal fall through:
“Joe Mixon. He enters his contract year with the organization prepared for a holdout if they can’t agree to a long-term deal.”
The Carolina Panthers recently made running back Christian McCaffrey the highest-paid player at his position in NFL history with a four-year, $64 million, but Mixon is nowhere near his level. He is coming off back-to-back seasons with 1,100 rushing yards on a terrible offense and is still just 23-years-old.
Mixon wants to get paid or he just might pull a Melvin Gordon and hold out before the final year of his contract. We saw that did not work out for him at all.
The 23-year-old had a career-high 278 carries last year for 1,137 rushing yards and five touchdowns, adding 35 receptions for 287 yards and another three touchdowns.