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Veteran running backs around the league are facing pretty brutal market conditions in the NFL right now, and NFLA Players Association President JC Tretter was asked about a pretty interesting way the players could deal with their unique situations.

During a recent appearance on Ross Tucker’s podcast. JC Tretter was asked if running backs like Saquon Barkley should claim they’re not 100 percent healthy as a reason for holding out, Tretter didn’t necessarily suggest it, but he certainly didn’t rule it out, either.

“You need to try to create as much leverage as you possibly can,” Tretter said according to Pro Football Talk. “And that’s the tough thing with the franchise tag, or being restricted in movement, is it decreases your leverage, but then you have to find creative ways to build leverage elsewhere. I think we’ve seen issues — now, I don’t think anybody would say they were fake injuries, but we’ve seen players who didn’t want to be where they currently are, have injuries that made them unable to practice and play, but you’re not able to get fined, and you’re not able to be punished for not reporting. So there are issues like that. I don’t think I’m allowed to ever recommend that, at least publicly, but I think each player needs to find a way to build up leverage to try to get a fair deal. And that’s really what all these guys are looking for, is to be compensated fairly.”

At some point, you gotta do what you gotta do.

[Pro Football Talk]