RB Josh Jacobs, the 2022 NFL rushing leader, is without a doubt the Raiders top free agent of the 2023 offseason. Jacobs erupted in 2022 and was arguably the NFL’s most complete back in the league. However, his career year aligned with the end of his rookie contract with the Raiders, which makes him one of the top players on the market across all positions this offseason. Head coach Josh McDaniels spoke at the NFL Combine on Tuesday and was asked about Jacobs’ contract situation.
“Love for (Jacobs) to continue being a Raider,” McDaniels said. “I know Dave (Ziegler) and his representative have been in contact. They’re working through that process together. That’s the hope and the goal – that he’s here for a while.”
Given the fact that the Raiders had a disappointing 2022, still have no answer at quarterback for 2023 and beyond, and the downward trend of running back value across the league, it’s unclear if Jacobs will sign a long-term extension with the Raiders.
The Raiders are likely to franchise tag Jacobs if they are unable to reach an agreement before the March 7 deadline. After being tagged, Jacobs and the Raiders would have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal or play the 2023 season on the tag for roughly $10 million, a potential bargain if Jacobs is able to come anywhere close to repeating his 2022 numbers. However, Jacobs is likely hoping to cash in on his monster season and lock in long-term security. Whether or not he and the Raiders can agree on a contract in order to achieve that goal remains to be seen.
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