The Las Vegas Raiders and Josh Jacobs failed to reach a contract extension as the deadline expired Monday and the running back will play out the 2023 season on the franchise tag if signed.
Jacobs was among the running backs not signed to extensions with their respective teams joining Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants and Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Raiders star had his best season yet in 2022, rushing for an NFL-leading 1,653 yards. He also had 12 touchdowns en route to being a first-team All-Pro selection for the first time in his career.
The former Alabama standout reacted to a few tweets about the ordeal, but one stood out.
«We never tried to restore the market,» Jacobs wrote, denying that he wants $16 million a year.
He also retweeted messages of support from running backs Najee Harris, Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Derrick Henry.
In order for Jacobs to play the 2023 season, he will have to sign the one-year franchise offer, which is worth around $10.1 million. He’s been clear about where he stands to sit out training camp and possibly the season if no deal is reached. Raiders veterans report to training camp on July 25.
He said that at one point he would be a «hero turned villain» if forced to play under the label. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jacobs was seeking a deal possibly between $26 million and $32 million in total guarantees.
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Jacobs has played 60 games in four seasons with the Raiders. He has 4,740 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in that span.
Associated Press contributed to this report.