Raiders Sign RB Josh Jacobs

It’s a done deal. The Raiders and running back Josh Jacobs have agreed to terms, according to Michael Gehlken of the Review-Journal (on Twitter).

Per the terms of his slot as the No. 24 overall pick, it’ll be a four-year, $11.9MM deal for the Alabama product. And, because Jacobs is a first-round pick, the Raiders will hold a team option on a fifth season. The additional year is guaranteed for injury only, giving Oakland flexibility in the event that things do not work out.

Recently, we heard rumblings of a major stall in negotiations between the Raiders and Jacobs. There was reportedly concern that the running back would not show for training camp on July 23, but the two sides apparently worked out a disagreement over the payment schedule of his signing bonus.

It’s a fully guaranteed deal, according to’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter),¬†meaning that the top 24 picks in this year’s draft will have completely guaranteed pacts. That’s an uptick from 2018, when the top 22 got full guarantees.

Jacobs, the first running back to come off of the board in April’s draft, averaged 5.9 yards per carry over the course of his career at Alabama. Evaluators believe that Jacobs has the ideal size and frame to be an every-down back at the next level, though there is concern about his overall speed.

With Jacobs in the fold, all of the Raiders’ draft picks are now under contract. His signing leaves just five unsigned first-round picks around the league: Nick Bosa (49ers, No. 2 overall),¬†Quinnen Williams (Jets, No. 3), Devin White (Buccaneers, No. 5), Daniel Jones (Giants, No. 6), and Brian Burns (Panthers, No. 16).

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  1. JoeBrady

    Good. This is the first time in 15 years that I’ve been impressed with the Raiders’ draft. And Jacobs was a big piece of that. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Allen. A lot of various skills, all good, but none great. But topped by the ability to absolutely straighten out defensive linemen with a shot at the QB. Almost like having a smaller version of offensive linemen in the backfield.

    • Ironman_4life

      As a Chiefs fan i have to automatically hate what the Raiders. But this draft at least shows which direction they want to go. I doubt it is enough to compete for division yet, but with another solid draft next year and Carr is gone , id say 3 years from now this team will be a very good team.

      • JoeBrady

        Thanks. I’m not sure Carr has to go. I’m a little disappointed in him, but we surrounded him with nothing last year.

        • Ironman_4life

          Hes not grudens gunslinger type. He likes the clemson qb. I believe they go to Vegas with his own guy. That seems to be the rumblings around the bay areA.

        • JoeBrady

          Understood. As a RS fanatic, I am obliged to hate all my Yankee friends, And being from The Bronx, that’s about all of them.

        • Ironman_4life

          I also made the most positive comment ever about the Raiders.i live in RAider nation. I hear it all though.

      • highplainsdriftr

        Carr is fine. Maybe not elite, but not what is holding team back. No QB in the league would have done well with the coaching turnover and surrounding talent he has had

        • Ironman_4life

          I dont think hes been fine since the broken leg. Its almost like hes hesitating.lets see of him and Brown connect. Could make things fun because the afc west has no defense.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Jacobs is another Marcus Allen? Didn’t they say the same thing when the Raiders drafted Napoleon Kaufman? Oakland didn’t get the performance they needed from their last big Crimson Tide prospect (Amari Cooper) so I wouldn’t get overly excited just yet.

    • JoeBrady

      Not really on Kaufman. Kaufman was a superior runner, and Allen was a lot better at everything else. Allen had a lot better size too.

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