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Silver Minings: Will Josh Jacobs be disappointed by Raiders’ contract offer?

It will be difficult for LV to pay him top-dollar

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With the combination of the salary cap and the emphasis on the passing game in today’s version of the NFL, the free agent market for running backs can be tricky. The position has been devalued by analytics so teams have spent less money on ball carriers in recent years, which isn’t good news for impending free-agent running backs like the Las Vegas Raiders’ Josh Jacobs.

That could mean Jacobs ends up being disappointed by the Raiders’ contract offer next month, and Bleacher Report’s Moe Moton weighed in on the matter.

“The Raiders have several holes to fill at guard, right tackle (if Jermaine Eluemunor hits the open market), and all across a defense that ranked 26th in scoring last season.

“On top of that, if Vegas wants to bring in quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’s yet to decide what he wants for his future, the club would have earmark cap space for his sizeable contract.

“If the Raiders make a run at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency, they may have to set aside $34.9 million, which is his projected market value, per Spotrac.

“As the Raiders sort out their pressing roster needs, Jacobs may have to play out the year with the franchise tag or accept a deal that’s worth less than $15 million annually, which is slightly below the top three earners at running back.

“Projected contract: One year, $10.1 million (franchise tag).”

It’s hard to argue with Moton’s logic that Jacobs seems destined to get tagged. While the Raiders have a plethora of cap space heading into March, they also have several needs up and down the roster so saving roughly $5 million could go a long way.

However, the 2022 rushing champ isn’t opposed to playing on the franchise tag, but he does have one significant condition. During the Super Bowl media week, Jacobs told Pro Football Talk that he’d be okay with the one-year deal if the Raiders improve the supporting cast around him.

Again, the cap savings from the franchise tag compared to a contract extension could help Las Vegas accomplish that goal, but that means nothing if general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels can’t lure other players to Sin City. This will be the biggest test of the duo’s recruiting efforts to date, and failing could cost them arguably the best player on the roster from last season.

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