Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs Ends Holdout
9 months ago

Josh Jacobs has ended his holdout and has agreed on a new contract with the Las Vegas Raiders for 2023.

In a move surprising very few, and upsetting only those with high hopes for their Zamir White shares, Josh Jacobs has ended his holdout and will return to the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2023 NFL season. Jacobs had refused to play on the $10.1 million franchise-tag which the Raiders placed on him after refusing to pick up his 5th-year option. The new deal has been reported by Ian Rappaport to be worth up to $12 million.

 

The NFL’s leading rusher in 2022 had fallen in-line with the majority of the NFL’s running back corps in his displeasure with the perceived value of players at the position. The contrast between the physical toll on them versus other positions is not fairly compensated, they believe.  Jacobs becomes the last of the prominent running backs to capitulate, after both Tony Pollard and Saquon Barkley threatened holdouts this offseason.

 

Jacobs had the best season of his career in 2022 at the age of 24. The former Alabama rusher totaled 2053 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns, rushing for 1653 yards to lead the NFL. He added 400 yards receiving on 53 catches.

 

Jacobs’ holdout saw an increase in average draft position for his backfield mate in Las Vegas, Zamir White, whose value will now regress to that of a true handcuff. Jacobs has consistently remained in the back of the top 10 running backs in fantasy value throughout the Summer and will likely stay there, if not see a slight boost with his status now certain.