The Las Vegas Raiders had an interesting approach this offseason with regard to the running back position. They declined fifth-year options for all of their players from their 2019 class, including No. 28 himself. This left the future of Josh Jacobs’ contract in doubt. However, Jacobs is focused on the season and is using the team’s decision as motivation.
Jacobs recently spoke with ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and stated that the organization declining his option won’t be a source of contention. Rather, Jacobs said it’s become motivational fuel for him.
What does the future hold for Josh Jacobs’ contract?
“I’m a firm believer [that] the work that you put in is going to pay out for itself, and I had to be here either way. And this is where I want to be. I didn’t have [any] problem with it. It just gave me more of a reason to come in every day, gel with the guys, and work.”
The former first round pick is playing this right. The Raiders don’t need any distractions this season, and if he performs on the field, he’ll likely get rewarded as he’s scheduled to be a free agent next offseason. With Josh McDaniels now at the helm, the running game will be crucial. You only have to look at how he managed his offense during his time with the New England Patriots for evidence.
There’s been much ado about McDaniels’ “running back by committee” philosophy and how that’ll affect everyone’s touches. Be that as it may, Jacobs is still the most talented of the bunch. Kenyan Drake has to prove he can stay healthy. Brandon Bolden is a backup and complementary piece at best, while the rookies are unproven. If there were a year where Jacobs had to prove himself, it’s going to be 2022. Luckily for him, he’s taking it all in stride.
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