With Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington set to hit free agency, the plan behind Josh Jacobs at running back was beginning to look a little murky heading into the off season. We now have a little more clarity on the situation.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders and running back Jalen Richard have agreed to terms on a contract extension. The details of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
The #Raiders and RB Jalen Richard have agreed to terms on a contract extension that he’ll sign shortly, source said. The third-down back was a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield. Now, he stays in the fold in Vegas.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2020
Richard, 26, had a breakout season in 2018, catching a team high 68 balls as the primary third down back. His workload dipped in 2019 with the emergence of rookie Josh Jacobs and DeAndre Washington being more involved in the offense. Still, Gruden considers Richard a vital part of the future of the Raiders. During the 2018 season, Gruden compared Richard to a former Raiders running back, Charlie Garner.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, Ricahrd has amassed 1,170 yards rushing on 233 attempts and 1,380 yards receiving with 160 receptions.
Having already agreed to new deals with Ritchie Incognito, Denzelle Good, and Nevin Lawson, Richard becomes the fourth would-be free agent to get locked up as the team makes the move to Las Vegas.
UPDATE: Richard’s extension with the Raiders has been reported by Rapoport as a 2-year, $7 million deal.