Raiders And RB Josh Jacobs Agree On One-year Deal Worth Up To $12 Million

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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, running back Josh Jacobs has allegedly agreed to sign a one-year contract worth up to $12 million with the Las Vegas Raiders.

After initially refusing to accept the $10.1 million franchise tag the Raiders had put on him following the 2022 season, Jacobs held out for the entire summer and preseason. With 2,053 total scrimmage yards, Jacobs led the NFL last season but was unable to reach a long-term agreement with the Raiders in time for the deadline this summer.

With a story from Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal stating that the Raiders anticipated Jacobs to join the team before Week 1, rumors around Jacobs’ return to the team started to circulate on Monday. According to NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe, the Miami Dolphins reportedly asked about Jacobs’ availability in a trade, but the Raiders reportedly ended those discussions relatively fast.

Similar events occurred with running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, who similarly declined to accept his franchise tag before he agreed to a revised one-year deal for up to $11 million.

The two key players that contributed to starting the conversation about running back pay in the NFL were Jacobs and Barkley. Of course, the problem was that neither they nor the other players in their position had any negotiating power, so unless they chose to skip regular-season games, they were always at the whim of the owner.

However, even if Jacobs’ and Barkley’s issues appear to be settled — at least through the upcoming summer – the more important query at this point is: What will happen to Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor? In the wake of the breakdown of his relationship with Colts owner Jim Irsay, he asked for and was given permission to pursue a trade.