The Las Vegas Raiders headed into this NFL offseason with a lot of drama surrounding the storied franchise, with the team parting ways with longtime starting quarterback Derek Carr and questions about whether they would pay star running back Josh Jacobs what he deserves.
Once all the drama involving Carr died down after he signed with the New Orleans Saints following his release, the attention immediately turned to Jacobs and the franchise tag the team placed on him, which would pay him over $10 million next season.
Jacobs has refused to sign the tag as he wants to sign a lucrative long-term deal with the team, which hasn’t happened, and at this point, there’s no telling if it will.
#Raiders RB Josh Jacobs tells me he’s “feeling great” this offseason with no injuries, he feels “explosive”.
I’m told by a source close to him that if a deal is not made between the Raiders and Josh Jacobs on Monday at 1PM. Jacobs will not be showing up for training camp. pic.twitter.com/BcnLY54iiu
At this point in the process, Jacobs isn’t messing around as he wants what he wants and has drawn a line in the sand, putting the ball in the Raiders’ court to make it happen.
Although Jacobs is coming off the best season of his career and his first All-Pro selection, the NFL seems to be changing regarding how teams value the running back position.
Along with Jacobs, a few other elite-level backs aren’t getting paid either, with Saquon Barkley waiting for the New York Giants to budge and Dalvin Cook having yet to find a new team after being released by the Minnesota Vikings.
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