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The Raiders ensured they will have Josh Jacobs in place for the start of the season by agreeing to a new deal with the franchise-tagged running back. Further details have emerged regarding the negotiating process on the pact, as well as the team’s willingness to extend their relationship with last year’s rushing champion.

After talks on a multi-year deal failed to produce an agreement, Jacobs was faced with the decision of playing on the $10.1MM tag in 2023 or forgoing $561K in weekly game checks by sitting out. Both scenarios were avoided on the weekend when a revised one-year deal was agreed to. Jacobs will now earn up to $12MM this season, and any potential 2024 franchise tag will carry an increased value as a result.

Playing on consecutive tags would result in nearly $26MM in earnings for Jacobs. Conflicting reports emerged in July with respect to how close the parties came to an agreement on a long-term deal, one which would have needed to meet or exceed the $22MM mark to outweigh the baseline value of two straight tags as they were initially priced. A deal worth $12MM per season but with an unknown guaranteed figure was reportedly made and turned down.

On the point of pre-deadline negotiations, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that Vegas did not make any fully-guaranteed offers in the vicinity of either the $26MM or $22MM mark across the next two years. As a result, plenty will depend on Jacobs’ performance in 2023 and his ability to convince the franchise – now run by GM Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels, a regime other than the one which drafted him – to make a multi-year commitment to him.

When detailing the talks which produced Jacobs’ revised one-year arrangement, Ziegler noted that a face-to-face meeting with the two-time Pro Bowler and his agent last week sealed the deal. That put an end to speculation about the parties’ shared future (for one more season, at least), but Ziegler maintains that a contract keeping Jacobs in Vegas beyond 2023 is still in the cards.

When asked about continuing to work on a long-term agreement, Ziegler said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “If it works out that way, and obviously there’s a lot of moving parts, but it’s something that we’ll definitely consider and have interest in doing.”

Given the failure of contract talks to produce a deal, questions have been raised about the relationship between Jacobs and the team. On that point, the 25-year-old said that no ill will exists on either side now that a short-term agreement has been reached. With the contract drama at least temporarily behind them, Jacobs and the Raiders will be able to move forward in the hopes of replicating their success in the ground game from last season.

“We made it happen, so it ain’t no hard feelings now,” he said, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez” It’s a clean slate with me. It was never… no hate on each side. I understood it, but at the same time I understood my value, too. So it was just about meeting in the middle.”

Raiders, Josh Jacobs Agree To One-Year Deal

There’s no longer any doubt surrounding Josh Jacobs‘ availability for Week 1. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports (via Twitter) that the Raiders running back has agreed to a revised contract with the organization. Jacobs has since confirmed the news on Twitter.

Per Pelissero, Jacobs signed an “upgraded” one-year pact worth up to $12MM. Jacobs was previously attached to the $10.091MM franchise tag, but he’ll now earn a base salary of $11.8MM next season, according to Pelissero. The RB can earn another $200K via incentives, leading to the $12MM number.

The revised deal will also have some future implications on Jacobs and the Raiders. Pelissero tweets that Jacobs’ new deal could help boost a potential 2024 franchise tag value to north of $14MM.

After Jacobs no-showed training camp and the preseason, there were some questions if he would extend his holdout into the regular season. However, it sounds like both sides made significant progress this week to get the star RB back on the field. According to Pelissero, the player and agent Chad Wiestling flew to Las Vegas this week to meet with Raiders officials. The reporter adds that Jacobs will be at the team facility on Sunday to officially sign the contract.

Jacobs lost some leverage when he failed to sign a long-term contract with the organization by the July 17 deadline. However, the player sounded sincere when he threatened to sit out the 2023 campaign due to dissatisfaction with not only his contract, but the RB market in general. Since Jacobs didn’t ink his franchise tag, he wasn’t subject to fines from the organization for his absence.

After the sides failed to agree to a new deal, there were whispers that the Raiders and Jacobs made considerable progress in the hours leading up to the deadline, and that framework may have been important in this revised deal. Later reports indicated that the Raiders offered Jacobs a deal worth $12MM a season, a value that was ultimately reflected in his reworked one-year pact.

While Jacobs has been absent from Raiders camp up to this point, there seemed to be some optimism regarding Jacobs availability for the start of the regular season. This was especially true when fellow franchise-tagged running back Saquon Barkley signed a revised deal with the Giants, perhaps paving the way for Jacobs to ink a reworked deal in Las Vegas. The Raiders also made it clear throughout the process that they had no intention of trading Jacobs, although that didn’t stop teams like the Chiefs, Broncos, and Dolphins from reaching out.

While the player’s future with the organization is still cloudy, both sides can enter the 2023 campaign knowing that the RB will be leading the backfield. With Derek Carr no longer on the squad, the offense will be counting on Jacobs more than ever. The RB had his best season in 2022, finishing with 2,053 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns en route to a first-team All-Pro nod.

Zamir White seemed like the top candidate to take over the RB1 spot if Jacobs sat out regular season games. With the starter definitively playing next season, the team may be willing to hold fewer running backs than they originally intended. The rest of the team’s depth chart at the position includes pass-catching veteran Ameer Abdullah, special teams ace Brandon Bolden, former Chiefs RB Damien Williams, and young options like Brittain Brown, Sincere McCormick, and Darwin Thompson.

Raiders Not Looking To Trade Josh Jacobs; Dolphins Inquired On RB’s Availability

AUGUST 24: The Dolphins briefly inquired on Jacobs’ availability, as first reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, but those talks went nowhere with the Raiders confident he will play in Vegas in 2023. Subsequent reports have confirmed the Dolphins’ passing interest in Jacobs, including NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe. The latter notes that Miami is interested in a high-profile RB trade, “but only up to a certain price” (Twitter link). Talks between the Colts and Dolphins regarding Taylor are ongoing.

AUGUST 23: As the Colts have followed the Chargers’ lead in letting a standout running back find a trade partner, the Raiders continue to wait on their All-Pro back’s return. They are taking a different approach compared to the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor path.

The Raiders are not looking at tag-and-trade scenarios involving Josh Jacobs, Tom Pelissero of tweets. Then again, moving Jacobs’ $10.1MM tag salary would not be an easy task for the Raiders. With less mileage on his odometer, the 2021 rushing champion is also a more appealing trade target than last year’s leader. But it remains to be seen if a team will make an offer for Taylor that will prompt Indianapolis to consider a move. The Colts’ ask is high.

Beginning training camp in late July, the Raiders have been without Jacobs for nearly a month. Jacobs is not obligated to attend camp, having not signed his franchise tender. The team can add sweeteners to entice Jacobs to return on time, as the Giants did — via a high-seven-figure incentive package, albeit featuring escalators classified as not likely to be earned — to bring Saquon Barkley back into the fold. Earlier this month, however, a report suggested the Raiders had not held talks with Jacobs about elevating his 2023 compensation.

Yannick Ngakoue agreed to reduce his tag salary — from $17.8MM to $13MM — to facilitate a trade from Jacksonville to Minnesota in 2020, but envisioning Jacobs making such a concession to leave Las Vegas is highly unlikely. (The Raiders would also need to be motivated to move him, which it appears they are not.) Even as Jacobs’ $10.1MM salary makes him less valuable in a trade, Ngakoue could count on future contracts to balance out the trim he accepted. The developments at running back this year offer Jacobs no such assurances beyond 2023.

Jacobs, 25, totaled an NFL-high 2,053 scrimmage yards last season. The 2019 first-rounder also led the NFL with 393 touches, providing a potential cause for concern regarding his 2023 form. This adds to the reasons why Jacobs skipping regular-season games (and $561K game checks) is considered unlikely. The Alabama alum does not figure to have many more chances at a notable payday, making this $10.1MM salary rather important.

Jacobs reporting just before Week 1 would follow Le’Veon Bell‘s 2017 path. Preserving his body for a free agency push — the nuclear option Bell executed upon being tagged again in 2018 — is extraordinarily unlikely due to the financial sacrifice and the state of the RB market. While Bell had the Jets waiting to pay him in 2019, it cannot be assumed such a payment — on what looks like a crowded 2024 market — would await Jacobs. The Raiders can also merely re-tag their RB1 for barely $12MM in 2024.

With Jacobs not showing up for camp, the Raiders signed Damien Williams. But do not roster anyone particularly close to Jacobs’ level, with 2022 fourth-rounder Zamir White slotted as Vegas’ top backup. The team could rescind Jacobs’ tag, sending him to free agency. But McDaniels may see his seat warm up this season. Having Jacobs at Jimmy Garoppolo‘s disposal would help the second-year Raiders HC’s cause. But the team continues to wait.

RB Josh Jacobs Expected To Report To Raiders By Week 1

The Josh Jacobs situation has gone quiet since he began his training camp holdout. A return to the Raiders could be coming soon for the franchise-tagged running back, however.

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Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Jacobs is expected to report to the team ahead of their regular season opener. Three weeks remain until Week 1, and Bonsignore adds it remains unclear at this point when exactly Jacobs could be back in the fold. He has yet to sign his $10.1MM tag, but failing to take part in regular season action would result in $561K in weekly missed game checks.

Few firm details have emerged regarding how close the Raiders came to working out a multi-year deal with last year’s rushing champion. An offer worth roughly $12MM per year was reportedly made and rejected, leaving Jacobs in the same situation as the other tagged running backs (Tony Pollard and Saquon Barkley) with respect to having an uncertain long-term future.

Pollard signed his tag, however, and Barkley avoided a holdout with a revised one-year deal involving $900K in incentives. Vegas is believed to be open to talks on a similar compromise, but without Jacobs present it is unlikely much dialogue has taken place in that regard. Assuming he does return with some time remaining before Week 1, head coach Josh McDaniels would welcome the opportunity for him to receive at least some training camp reps.

“I think that it’s important for every player,” McDaniels said. “This is the National Football League, so it’s not easy to go out there and just play games and do it at the speed and level that you want to do it at, unless you’ve really kind of had enough opportunity to get yourself ready to do that.”

After leading the league in scrimmage yards in 2022 and operating as the focal point of the Raiders’ offense, Jacobs should be expected to fairly comfortably pick up where he left off if and when he does return. If that does not turn out to be the case, though, a largely inexperienced contingent of depth backs – led by 2022 fourth-rounder Zamir White – would be leaned on in the Raiders’ regular season opener against the Broncos. For now, signs could be pointing to such a scenario not being necessary.

Chiefs, Broncos Interested In Josh Jacobs

The Raiders are running out of time to convince Josh Jacobs to report to the team, and rival organizations are already preparing for the possibility that the running back could be a late addition to the free agent pool. According to Mike Florio of, the Chiefs and Broncos are “among the teams interested” in Jacobs if he has his franchise tag rescinded.

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As Florio notes, there are five options for the Raiders and Jacobs at the moment. The running back could simply accept his $10.1MM franchise tender, or the two sides could agree to an “enhanced deal” that offers more money (similar to Saquon Barkley and the Giants) or a promise to not tag him next offseason. Jacobs could also decide to sit out games, or the front office could try to find a taker via trade.

The fifth scenario would see the Raiders rescind the franchise tag, which would make Jacobs a free agent. As Florio notes, the player is “aware of the possibility and unconcerned about it.” While the running back would be hard pressed to recoup the $10.1MM on the open market, Jacobs would be fine taking the best deal from a contender.

So, in comes the Chiefs and Broncos. Kansas City would fit the bill of a contender, and they could offer Jacobs a role atop their depth chart. That spot is currently held by 2022 seventh-round pick Isiah Pacheco, who had 960 yards from scrimmage as a rookie before adding another 262 yards in the postseason. The Chiefs are also rostering pass-catching RB Jerick McKinnon and former first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but Jacobs obviously brings a stronger resume than any of those three backs.

It’s a stretch to describe the Broncos as a surefire contender, at least heading into the regular season. However, Florio notes that the organization would be a fit “at the right price.” Former second-round pick Javonte Williams is prime to lead the depth chart, but the running back is recovering from a torn ACL, LCL, and posterolateral corner. The Broncos also added Samaje Perine as insurance, but Jacobs would obviously provide a more established alternative to Williams.

Of course, the Chiefs, Broncos, and any other suitor would have to wait on the Raiders to blink and rescind the franchise tag. As Florio notes, this scenario wouldn’t allow Jacobs to maximize his overall value, but it would allow the player to stand on “principle” as running backs continue to navigate their declining market value.

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AUGUST 3: Despite the report indicating Vegas is open to further negotiations, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes that no new dialogue has taken place as of yet. The Barkley situation could still provide a roadmap to a resolution in this case, but the leverage advantage the team has gives them little obligation to actively pursue a deal other than the tag. Plenty of time remains before the regular season, though signs do not point to this situation ending soon.

AUGUST 1: With Saquon Barkley rejoining the Giants earlier than expected — in exchange for a small incentive packageJosh Jacobs stands alone among the franchise-tagged contingent. The Raiders running back has not reported to the Raiders, staying away in protest of the franchise tag.

Barkley was believed to be preparing to skip camp as well, but he changed his mind and now has a high-six-figure incentive set to chase. Would the Raiders be amenable to a similar agreement to bring Jacobs back? The team is open to restarting talks with Jacobs, CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson tweets.

Seeing as the tag deadline came and went without a running back being extended, there is not too much talking left to do. Jacobs is tied to the $10.1MM tag price, though the league’s reigning rushing champion has not signed the tender. The Raiders can rescind it and take their chances with lesser backs. That should not be considered likely. The team can also agree not to tag Jacobs in 2024, but with the Giants not making that concession for Barkley, it is hard to see the Raiders doing so for Jacobs. They still wield the power here, with Jacobs set to miss out on $561K for each regular-season game he misses.

The team can dangle some incentives for Jacobs, who can stay away until Week 1 without being fined. They can also trade him. Teams interested in Jonathan Taylor would stand to be curious about Jacobs, though no extension can be discussed until January 2024. Jacobs, 25, has made a number of cryptic tweets suggesting dissatisfaction with how his negotiations went. The Raiders have been connected to making an offer in the $12MM-per-year range; another report indicated the sides were not close to hammering out an extension.

I think everybody loves and respects J.J. and understands the process,” Josh McDaniels said, via’s Gilberto Manzano. “I certainly do. And I’ve said it a million times this year: I love the player and the person, and I understand the process he’s going through. We’re going to work as hard as we can with the guys that are here every day, and ultimately when he’s back, we’re going to look forward to getting him back and integrated into the group.

Like the Giants, the Raiders are not especially deep at running back. They have 2022 fourth-round pick Zamir White and veteran special-teamers Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah atop their depth chart behind Jacobs. The team also brought in veterans Rex Burkhead and Damien Williams for Tuesday workouts, Field Yates of tweets.

Burkhead’s Las Vegas cameo should not exactly come as a surprise, given the number of ex-Patriots the Raiders have brought in since hiring McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler. Burkhead spent the past two years in Houston, but the veteran played four seasons (2017-20) in New England. McDaniels was the Pats’ OC throughout that period. Williams, whom the Falcons released from their IR list last season, worked out for the Cardinals last week. Burkhead is 33; Williams is 31.

Despite their respective ages, neither has amassed a particularly high number of career touches. Burkhead sits at 680, Williams 490. This has kept the duo’s careers going past age 30, and the Raiders are checking in as they manage a higher-workload back’s hiatus.

Raiders Offered Josh Jacobs $12MM-Per-Year Deal?

Saquon Barkley‘s Giants negotiations brought a run of term updates, with the sides’ back-and-forth leading to a narrowing gap but no extension. Josh Jacobs‘ Raiders talks did not feature numbers ahead of the deadline, but at least one has emerged in the days since.

The Raiders are believed to have offered Jacobs a deal worth $12MM per year, Mike Garafolo of said during a Rich Eisen Show appearance (video link). Conflicting reports have circulated regarding how close the Raiders and Jacobs were on a deal, with one indicating this Raiders regime was not especially keen on making a higher-end running back extension part of their roster blueprint. This report suggests the parties appeared to be near the same page.

As Jacobs’ less public negotiations played out, Garafolo adds he and Barkley were in communication during the final hours before the July 17 extension deadline. Barkley had seen the Giants slash their AAV offer as their guarantees climbed to the $22MM level. It is not known where the Raiders were, guarantee-wise, but Garafolo adds Barkley likely would have accepted the offer the Raiders made to Jacobs had the Giants presented those terms to him.

A $12MM-per-year pact would have put Jacobs in the dwindling upper class of RB contracts. That group has absorbed a number of blows this offseason. The Cowboys cut Ezekiel Elliott, and the Vikings moved on from Dalvin Cook. Two other $12MM-per-year backs — Aaron Jones and Joe Mixon — agreed to pay cuts. The only players left with unchanged deals in this salary neighborhood are Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb. With the Giants and Raiders not going into the CMC-Kamara neighborhood, each proposed deals in line with the Henry ($12.5MM per year) and Chubb ($12.2MM AAV) numbers.

The Giants provided a small incentive package for Barkley, preventing a lengthy absence that could have stretched into September. Jacobs, 25, is the only tagged back staying away from his team. The Raiders cannot fine Jacobs, since he has not signed his $10.1MM franchise tender. They can rescind the tag, a scenario that would make the reigning rushing champ a free agent. That should not be considered likely, at this point, but the fifth-year back is staying away as Las Vegas’ camp begins.

Jacobs has made references to standing up for the running back position as a whole, and considering the discussions among NFL backs in recent days, it is interesting he and Barkley were communicating about their respective negotiations. Barkley was best positioned to make a Le’Veon Bell-like stand by withholding services into the regular season, due to his $38MM-plus in career earnings and the Giants not having a No. 1 wide receiver-type presence. Jacobs has earned just more than $11MM during his career. Passing on a $10.1MM payment is not especially realistic, given the diminished earning power this period’s backs possess.

Josh Jacobs Begins Raiders Training Camp Holdout

Josh Jacobs is one of three running backs faced with the prospect of playing on the franchise tag this season. Since he has yet to sign the $10.1MM tender, however, he is not obligated to take part in the Raiders’ training camp.

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To no surprise, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Jacobs is not at camp and that he “doesn’t plan to return anytime soon” (Twitter link). All signed players are subject to fines from their teams for unexcused training camp absences, but Jacobs (like the Giants’ Saquon Barkley) is not yet under contract. The failure of player and team to agree to a new contract before last week’s deadline has left both Pro Bowlers in their current situation.

Conflicting reports have emerged with respect to how close Jacobs and the Raiders came to reaching an agreement on a multi-year deal. The two sides cannot negotiate until January, in any case, leaving the 25-year-old’s immediate future as the most pressing question at the moment. Jacobs enjoyed a career-year in 2022, leading the NFL in rushing (1,653) and scrimmage (2,053) yards while earning his first All-Pro nod.

While fewer details of the former first-rounder’s asking price are known compared to Barkley’s, it has been clear for some time that Jacobs has given thought to remaining absent through the start of the regular season. Doing so would result in missed game checks and cost him $560K per week, so such a step is still unlikely at this point. For now, though, Las Vegas will be required to move forward without the catalyst of their run game available during practices.

2022 fourth-rounder Zamir White could receive an increased workload in the lead-in to the season, after only seeing 17 carries in 14 games as a rookie. Veterans Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah are also on the books, but they too saw limited usage in 2022 with Jacobs operating as a workhorse. A number of other backs are still on the open market, but attention will no doubt remain on Jacobs and how long he remains willing to stay away from the Raiders.

Latest On Raiders-Josh Jacobs Negotiations

Josh Jacobs is one of three running backs set to play on the $10.1MM franchise tag this season. In the aftermath of the news that no long-term deal was agreed to between he and the Raiders, reports emerged indicating the sides made progress on contract talks. A rebuttal to that notion has emerged.

The Raiders are thought to have made up signficant ground while up against the deadline for a new deal on Monday, though it was insufficient to result in a multi-year contract. The 2022 rushing champion may still have a future in Las Vegas if talks were indeed amicable in nature, and if he is able to replicate his career-year enjoyed last season. Plenty would apparently need to change for that to be possible, however.

Vic Tafur of The Athletic offers a much different account of negotiations than the ones presented earlier in the week (subscription required). He reports that indications of progress and positive interactions between team and player in this situation are simply “not true,” adding that contract talks “were dead in the water until last weekend.” Deadlines certainly spurn action and urgency, but a signficant gap appeared to exist with respect to finances between the Raiders and Jacobs.

Tafur adds that the all-important $22MM mark was not reached during talks. That figure represents what Jacobs (along with the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and the Cowboys’ Tony Pollard) would make in the event they played the 2023 and ’24 seasons on the franchise tag. Guaranteed money above that mark would thus have been required for a Jacobs deal to have come to fruition, and the lack of a willingness on the team’s part to reach that price point is no doubt a large reason why the threat of a holdout lasting through training camp and into the regular season looms.

Barkley and the Giants came close to an agreement on both annual compensation and guaranteed money, but Tafur’s reporting points to a significantly larger gap existing that previously thought regarding Jacobs and the Raiders. How the All-Pro proceeds in the coming weeks will be a key storyline in Las Vegas, as the sides will now be forced to wait until at least January to re-engage in contract talks.

Josh Jacobs, Raiders Made Considerable Progress In Extension Talks

When the Raiders and running back Josh Jacobs failed to agree to an extension by today’s deadline, it was assumed that the two sides couldn’t overcome a significant gap in pay. However, it sounds like the Raiders and the running back were actually close, and that fact should provide some optimism heading into next offseason.

[RELATED: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard Fail To Reach Extension Agreements]

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Journal-Review, “the two sides made considerable progress in the closing hours” leading up to the deadline. Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweets that Jacobs was literally sitting in the parking lot of the Raiders facility in the minutes leading up to the deadline, ready to sign an extension.

Since Jacobs hasn’t signed his franchise tag, he won’t face any fines for skipping practices. As a result, it sounds like there’s little chance the running back shows up on time to training camp. Jacobs could also threaten to sit out regular season games in an attempt to avoid injury and preserve his market value for next year. However, he’d also be sacrificing a prorated part of his $10.09MM franchise value, and there’s no guarantee that a lucrative offer is waiting for him on the other side.

However, the fact that the two sides were zeroing in on a final number provides a glimmer of hope that Jacobs will stick in Las Vegas long term, according to Bonsignore. The writer notes that there is now “a starting point and framework in place” for when the two sides are allowed to go back to the negotiating table in 2024. Thanks to the progress (albeit fruitless) during today’s negotiations, Bonsignore tweets that “it would be a mistake to presume this is the end of the line” for Jacobs and the Raiders.

So what was Jacobs looking for in his next pact? We’re not sure of the exact numbers, but the running back tweeted that he wasn’t looking to “reset the market” at the position and was simply looking for “security.” We can assume the 25-year-old wasn’t seeking a deal that paid him close to Christian McCaffrey‘s $16MM AAV or Alvin Kamara‘s $15MM AAV, and he may have joined Saquon Barkley in pursuing a contract similar to Derrick Henry ($12.5MM) and Nick Chubb ($12.2MM).

Jacobs is in a trickier situation than Barkley; while the Giants star has earned close to $40MM in his career, the Raiders RB has only pocketed around $11MM via his rookie contract. If Jacobs decided to sit out games, he’d also be giving up $560K per contest. Both running backs can make the argument that they want to save miles while threatening to sit out games, but Jacobs’ career earnings means he’ll probably still make the most of his $10MM guaranteed salary in 2023.