No Franchise Tag for Josh Jacobs, Raiders will “Attempt” to Re-Sign Him in March

Josh Jacobs is only a year removed from the NFL’s rushing title, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Raiders will not be placing another franchise tag on their 26 year-old star running back.

Schefter said the Raiders will attempt to re-sign Jacobs, but it will be interesting to see how highly the team prioritizes his return.

Second-year running back Zamir White was impressive in his limited opportunities in 2023 and rushed for 328 yards over the last three games of the regular season. White has two years remaining on his rookie deal and will count just over $1 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons.

The good news for Jacobs is that head coach Antonio Pierce loves him, and team owner Mark Davis called him the “heart of our team” after the 2022 season.

Every indication is that Jacobs has earned the respect of the most important people in the Raiders’ building.

The bad news for Jacobs is that he isn’t coming away from a great season and will enter free agency at the same time as some of the best running backs in the league. Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard are all expected to become free agents along with Jacobs.

As of last week, the Raiders had not reached out to Jacobs’ agent, so it seems like the plan has always been to allow the former first-round pick to test the market.

Free agency officially begins on March 13 and that leaves at least another 16 days for Jacobs to test his value in free agency and determine the landing spot that makes the most sense for everyone involved.

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3 thoughts on “No Franchise Tag for Josh Jacobs, Raiders will “Attempt” to Re-Sign Him in March

  1. Let him test the market. In 5yrs, he has only had one season where he played every game. That was the year he lead the league in rushing. I WOULD NOT GUARANTEE HIM THE MONEY HE WANTS. HE’S NOT A COW BELL BACK. I would offer him 5 million and have it laden with incentives. I would say, take or leave it.

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