The Las Vegas Raiders had a difficult decision to make this offseason regarding Josh Jacobs.
He was one of the NFL’s best players last season but entered the offseason as a free agent.
The Raiders did not appear motivated to offer Jacobs a long-term deal.
This is the reason why he is all set to play under the franchise tag for the upcoming season.
Even though the Raiders may not value Jacobs, his teammates do.
Davante Adams went on The Jim Rome Show to discuss his support for Jacobs.
He mentioned how the Raiders would need Jacobs if they were to make a run for the Super Bowl.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) 21 July 2023
The slowdown in the market this off-season has been negligible.
All top free-agent running backs were forced to sign the franchise tag.
Jacobs, Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard will all play under the tag in 2023.
Most NFL teams are afraid to offer long term deals.
This is because they have a very short shelf life.
Most running backs start to slow down in their fifth or sixth year.
Still, Jacobs had just finished his fourth season and it was the best of his career.
He rushed for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Also, he averaged a career-high 4.9 yards per attempt.
It will be interesting to see if Jacobs decides to stay out of training camp.
We have seen many running backs do this after being given the franchise tag.
Despite the impact that running backs can have on offenses, it appears that they will never be valued by their teams.
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