Las Vegas Raiders that could be traded before the season starts
Through his three years in the NFL, Josh Jacobs has established himself as a fan favorite and one of the league’s best running backs. One of three first-round picks in 2019, he has amassed 3,087 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns in his three-year career. Down the stretch in 2021, he carried the Raiders’ offense to crucial wins with his hard-nosed running style and attitude.
Despite this, the general manager Dave Ziegler declined his fifth-year option making him a free agent at the season’s end. Las Vegas’ new general manager understands the value of NFL running backs and how short their shelf life truly is. It is unfortunate, but even the best running backs are not worth a significant amount of cap space.
However, it is the job of Jacobs’s agent to help him get the best contract possible. Often times in this situation, players will sit out of the off-season program in an effort to get that new contract extension. While this has worked in the past, the Raiders have too many reliable options at the position currently and would likely be happy to trade Jacobs away.
The Las Vegas Raiders did not pick until the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but that does not mean there weren't surprises this weekend.
A Jacobs trade would be difficult as the team receiving him would also have to be willing to extend him. Due to this, the Raiders would likely not receive much in return. Regardless, getting anything for a player who may not play this season and is an upcoming free agent, should be looked at as a win.