Josh Jacobs signs deal with Raiders, ending holdout

To begin the 2023 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders will have their leading rusher from 2022 in their backfield.

The Raiders announced in a press release that Josh Jacobs, who had been holding out during training camp, had agreed to terms on a contract. 

According to NFL Network, the deal is a one-year contract for up to $12 million. Jacobs has been refusing to accept a $10.091 million franchise tag since the two parties failed to strike a long-term agreement in July. 

Jacobs made the announcement on X, the company formerly known as Twitter. 

Jacobs led the NFL in rushing in 2022, collecting 1,653 yards and scoring 12 times. He appeared in all 17 games last season and 15 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. 

After releasing Derek Carr in February, the Raiders have entered a new era. In March, Las Vegas signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

One of the hot topics this NFL offseason has been teams' unwillingness to pay running backs, even highly successful ones like Jacobs. 

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants similarly failed to strike a long-term deal, opting for a one-year deal worth up to $11 million with a $2 million signing bonus in July. 

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