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Josh Jacobs contract: How will his future play out?

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Josh Jacobs’ future in a major storyline this summer as he and the Las Vegas Raiders are engage in a contract stalemate.

Jacobs, the 2022 NFL rushing yardage king, is not expected to report to training camp with the rest of the veterans Tuesday. Last week, the NFL’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a contract extension expired. There are reports that Jacobs could hold out into the regular season. The Raiders play at the Denver Broncos on September 10 in Week 1.

How do you see this playing out. Here are the options:

  • Jacobs plays this year: It’s possible he comes back after training camp and play a few seasons or a near full season. He can make a point and then go out and try to secure his future with another strong season. Yet, he leaves elsewhere in 2024 after Raiders don’t franchise tag him.
  • He stay away: Jacobs could pull a Le’Veon Bell from 2018. But for a player trying to secure his future at a position where there is a short shelf life, giving up $10.09 million would be risky. That would all but end his time with the team.
  • The Raiders can trade him this year, but with the overall market for running backs, would another team give the Raiders much?
  • The Raiders can rescind the franchise tag and make him a free agent: Anything is possible, but that would be a shock.
  • He signs long-term deal in offseason: There were reports that the Raiders and Jacobs were close to a deal at the deadline. But that doesn’t really mean there would be momentum in seven months. Plus, The Athletic called BS on those reports. Length of contract is key here and would the Raiders want to extend Jacobs a year after not doing it this year considering worry about age at the position? It seems like the Raiders want to play Jacobs year-to-year
  • He leaves after 2024: This would mean he plays on the franchise tag for two seasons and then walks in 2025.

While it wouldn’t be an ultimate resolution, the Raiders can also give Jacobs a higher one-year deal this year in good faith. That has never been done in the franchise tag era. it would be a good faith act to make him feel better about playing for the Silver and Black this season.

Please take our poll on how you see this thing playing out in the end.

Poll

What will be Josh Jacobs’ future?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    He will play the entire 2023 season, but leave as free agent in 2024
    (93 votes)
  • 13%
    He will hold out for the season and be gone in 2024
    (27 votes)
  • 5%
    He will be traded
    (11 votes)
  • 4%
    Raiders will rescind franchise tag
    (8 votes)
  • 17%
    He will sign long-term deal in offseason
    (34 votes)
  • 11%
    He will leave after 2024 season
    (22 votes)
195 votes total Vote Now