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The Las Vegas Raiders had a disastrous 2022 season, and as the offseason gets going, they’re looking to pick up the pieces and set up a bounce-back 2023 campaign.
They traded for superstar wide receiver Davante Adams last offseason, and despite being expected to contend for a spot in the Super Bowl, they stumbled to a 6-11 finish.
But a bright spot was the play of running back Josh Jacobs, who ran for an NFL-high 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team nods.
He was set to become a free agent, but the Raiders have officially affixed the franchise tag on him in order to keep him in town for 2023.
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This decision will give both sides another year to come to terms on a new contract.
Some Raiders fans aren’t too interested in giving Jacobs a lucrative new contract, due to the fact that running backs aren’t as valuable as they were 10-20 years ago.
In addition, 2022 was Jacobs’ best season by such a wide margin that there is a fear it was more of an aberration than a sign of things to come.
Right now, the Raiders’ most pressing need is the quarterback position after Derek Carr was released.
The hot rumor is that Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers may be interested in coming to Las Vegas and reuniting with Adams.
Acquiring Rodgers, who is still under contract with the Packers, would likely take a considerable amount of draft capital, and there are other teams, such as the New York Jets, that are expected to be in the mix for him.
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