Raiders RB Marcus Allen

Raiders Legend Marcus Allen On Devaluing NFL RBs: “It’s Intellectually Dishonest.”

The situation surrounding Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is quite prevalent right now. As it stands, Raider Nation is anxiously awaiting No. 28 to sign his franchise tag on July 17th. In the meantime, Marcus Allen, a familiar face whose exploits are legendary (and a lengthy playing career in his own right), weighed in on the big picture scope of what’s happening with Jacobs’ position.

While speaking during the American Century Championship in Tahoe, Nevada (h/t Silver and Black Pride), Allen spoke about the state of NFL running backs. In particular, the apparent devaluation of these players and a lack of long-term investment from their teams.

“Unfortunately, there is a prevalent assumption made by all of these teams that these top running backs aren’t worth investing in beyond four years, and it’s not true.”

Does Marcus Allen have a point regarding the RB position?

There’s definitely something to be said about what Mr. Allen has said. At the same time, one look around the league reveals a number of factors that have led teams to move away from investing in running backs. Even players such as Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook are not exempt. The Tennessee Titans were reportedly trying to get out from under Henry’s contract. Cook, for his part, is no longer with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s been a tough offseason for these guys.

When you compound the endless supply of backs that come out of the college game and the injuries involved with playing the position, is it all that shocking?

At the same time, there are exceptions. In fact, Allen spoke to this as well, emphasizing that each individual running back should be judged accordingly. Not one is the same as the other; plus, you must account for offensive philosophies, strengths and weaknesses, etc.

“These teams have to look at it individually [but] it’s not all of them. You have to value these guys, and they’re sadly undervalued. It’s prevalent, and I don’t know if it will change, but I’ll be watching and hoping it does change. It’s intellectually dishonest.”

No cause for concern regarding Josh Jacobs… but are the Raiders listening?

A final tidbit that was interesting was with regards to the Raiders’ own running back, Jacobs. As most fans recall, Allen and Jacobs had their names tied to each other a lot last season, given some of No. 28’s record-breaking performances.

“He’s young, he’s fine. Use these workhorses.”

Allen certainly believes he’s worth the investment, do you agree Raiders fans?

*Top Photo: Getty Images

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