Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs up the middle in the first quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.The Ravens led 10-9 at halftime. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 151

This offseason, star running back Joe Mixon agreed to a pay cut to return to the Cincinnati Bengals. And he made it clear what was in his mind as he made the decision: a run at a Super Bowl title.

This week, Joe Mixon made it clear that his decision to take a pay cut was a sacrifice he was willing to make in order to help his team compete for a Super Bowl this upcoming season.

“I see the bigger picture. I see the task at hand and what we’re trying to build and in order to keep other players here and pieces here, sometimes you have to sacrifice,” Mixon told the Cincinnati Bengals official team website. “I felt like this year was the year to sacrifice on the Super Bowl team we can potentially be. That was my stance on it. We agreed on a number with great compensation this year with the incentives. Off my last deal, I feel like they allowed me to work to be able to make that money back. That’s cool. I’ll go work for it.”

It’s certainly a big move from Mixon. It will be interesting to see how it works out for the team this season.

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