The Raiders are keeping Jalen Richard. On Wednesday, the club agreed to re-sign the running back to a brand new deal, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). The new contract will pay him $7MM over two years, with the potential to earn up another $1MM through incentives. He’ll also see a full guarantee of $4.6MM.
Richard lit up the stat sheet in Jon Gruden‘s first year at the helm by finishing 2018 with 68 catches for 607 yards, plus an average of 4.7 yards per carry in a limited sample size. Last year, the numbers weren’t quite as flashy, but he still showed value as a solid third-down running back with soft hands. Richard caught 36 passes for 323 yards in 2019 and added another 145 yards on the ground in 39 carries.
Last year, Richard earned roughly $3.1MM on a deal that he inked in April. This time around, he’s found security in a fresh pact far in advance of free agency.
As the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas, they’ll continue to feature Josh Jacobs as their primary tailback. As a rookie, the Alabama product amassed 1,150 yards in just 13 games while averaging 4.8 yards per tote.
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