In an unexpected move, the Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake.
Drake, who is getting paid $11 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons, will backup star running back Josh Jacobs (who makes a lot less than his backup). Drake will also play a role in the passing game.
“This is a big get,” a team source told Silver and Black Pride.
Update: Deal is 2 years, $11 million up to $14.5 million, including $11 million guaranteed. https://t.co/Agy3rPzZfW— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2021
In another commitment to the running game, the Raiders agreed to terms to keep tight end Derek Carrier to a one-year deal, a source close to the situation confirmed to Silver and Black Pride. Carrier is a blocking tight end and a key part or the special teams.
As for Drake, 27, he had 955 rushing yards on 239 carries and he had 25 catches in 2020. So, expect him to be on the field a lot more than Devontae Booker (who agreed with the New York Giants this week) was in 2020 as Jacobs’ backup.
Drake better be a big part of the offense as he is expensive for a running back.