The NFL is going to a 17-game season in 2021, and Saints’ star running back is not having any of it. I’m sure he’s not the only player that doesn’t feel the extra game was needed as it will pose a risk for injury to players already having to put themselves through 16 games.
To be fair, this also feels like a play to get more revenue as the 16-game season was certainly enough to get the best teams in the postseason. With Covid-19 killing the league’s revenue growth, this may be a move to drive that higher.
Saints’ star Alvin Kamara went off on the National Football League after the announcement that they’re shifting to a 17-game season.
This news was just recently announced, so these opinions on the new seasons are relatively new. Let’s just say most players didn’t quite put the NFL on blast like the four-time Pro Bowl running back.
ESPN went into the reaction of others as well as noting how Kamara felt.
That said, Kamara is one of the more well-known players to react in a big way. A star that made headlines as the league’s best receiving back last season, Kamara’s gained popularity among fans throughout the league that are amazed by his versatility and skill.
Don’t think Kamara was the only Saint that tweeted out about his displeasure in the league.
The Saints have had a relatively injury-prone team the last few seasons, so adding another highly competitive game could mean the difference in playoff seeding or, on a team without Drew Brees, potentially missing the postseason completely.
New Orleans should be fine with a 17-game season, but at the end of the day, putting these players through another week that could meaningless doesn’t make much sense. But, the phrase “money talks” still does stand.
The Saints have what it takes to make a fifth-straight NFC South run, but they’ll need a fully energized and healthy Alvin Kamara to help get them there.