Will Josh Jacobs be a training-camp holdout?

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Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, the 24th overall pick in the draft, has yet to sign a rookie contract. Reportedly, there’s a chance he won’t sign before training camp opens.

Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com reports, citing unnamed league sources, that “negotiations have not been going well” between the Raiders and Jacobs, and that “[t]here is a growing sentiment that Jacobs will not be at camp when the rookies report on July 23.”

PFT has obtained a breakdown of the contracts signed to date by all 2019 draft picks. Examination of the structure of the contracts signed by other players in the first round hints strongly at the actual problem. All players who were picked before Jacobs and who have signed contracts (ending with Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard at No. 23) will receive fully-guaranteed payments for all four years. No players picked after Jacobs (starting with Ravens receiver Marquise Brown at No. 25) have gotten fully-guaranteed contracts. (The first three years of Brown’s contract are fully guaranteed, and $1.9 million of the $2.1 million he’s due to earn in 2022 is fully guaranteed.)

In 2018, the last rookie who received a fully-guaranteed contract was selected at No. 22. The 24th player selected in 2018, receiver D.J. Moore of the Panthers, obtained three years of fully-guaranteed pay, and $1.7 million of the $2 million he’s due to make in 2021 also was fully guaranteed.

There’s not much else that can be negotiated in these contracts; the issue of offset language for the guaranteed money rarely if ever comes up beyond the top 10. Here, the most logical explanation is that Jacobs wants all four years to be fully guaranteed, and that the Raiders are pushing to make part of the 2002 non-guaranteed.

Agents often will take a stand on issues like this for marketing purposes. This year, Tytus Howard’s agent managed to get a fully-guaranteed contract even though the 23rd player taken a year ago didn’t. Jacobs’ agent may be simply trying to move that line of demarcation one spot farther down the list.

If that’s the reason for the impasse, the two sides are fighting over whether the last $300,000 or so of Jacobs’ salary in 2022 will or won’t be fully guaranteed, in the event he becomes a bust and no longer is playing for the team by then. If that’s the holdup, it would make plenty of sense for the Raiders to blink — and that may be precisely what Jacobs’ agent is counting on.

28 responses to “Will Josh Jacobs be a training-camp holdout?

  1. I understand him wanting all 4 yrs guaranteed but, isn’t he the “humbled” kid that was homeless and living in a car? Going from that to millions still hasn’t humbled him?

  2. To the loser above me it’s just business. Humble people have to make business choices too

  3. This makes both sides look foolish. But the Raiders drafted him in a slot that carries a contract of about $12,000,000 and used a first rounder on him. So, if they like him enough to spend a first round pick and guarantee about $11.7 million – it’s ridiculous to squabble over and extra $300k.

  4. How do you expect a guy who rarely played in 3 years to be able to pick up a pen and put ink to paper. Probably requires too much effort. Is he’s counting on being/getting hurt? He’s done nothing to date to show he will be in Silver and Black in 4 years. Get it done. Play like a great first rounder and win that 2nd contract.

  5. whysosenestive445 says:
    July 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm
    To the loser above me it’s just business. Humble people have to make business choices too

    So anybody that doesn’t agree with your take is a “loser”? Odds are that it is the agent doing it in the agents best interest rather than the player caring.

  6. OK let the kid sit his first year and make NO MONEY, lose a year towards his fifth yr option and after another year of sleeping in his car then see what he thinks next year! He’s in no position to make demands, he hasn’t proven a single thing in the NFL.

    BTW I don’t know why anyone would think he can be a true 3 down RB in the NFL, he wasn’t/couldn’t in college?

  7. I side with Jacobs. He plays RB and is expected to be featured. He should push for a fully GD contract. There is no gauruntee he will ever see a 2nd deal.

  8. So the backup RB at Bama is holding out for more money. I would too if I were him. Guys like him are a dime a dozen.

  9. Neither side is making any sense. If I was the player I wouldn’t want to miss a single day of training camp . . . I would want to make sure I am learning as much as possible and producing as well as possible.

    If I were the Raiders and I really believed in this running back enough to invest the 24th overall pick then what the hell does another $300K matter.

    If this ends up delaying Jacobs reporting to training camp then both sides are stupid!

  10. Good for him. Someone smart probably got in his ear to maximize everything. No matter what slot he was drafted doesn’t matter much. He is a RB. I’d guess 75-90% of the running backs that make the NFL are not in the league for 4 years. There is a very good chance he isn’t even in the NFL in 4 years. $300000 will look like a ton of money then.

  11. Sign your deal and get to work for crying out loud! You are a millionaire now, go earn that cash and make a real name for your self, not ” the kid who is holding out”.

  12. feartheshieldonblacksunday says:
    July 6, 2019 at 11:34 am
    GM Maymock get this done. 1st rd pick, 3 down back… and now we can have a possible triplet affect on offense: Carr, Brown and Jacobs. Set the tone for 2019!

    OK let’s look at the facts that are there;

    1) Jacobs couldn’t even win the starting job in Bama
    2) He wasn’t a 3 down back in college
    3) He was the 2nd best RB on the team at Bama
    4) He wasn’t good at pass blocking and was even worse at picking up the blitz

    All this and some people think he can be a true 3 down back in the NFL, sorry but the FACTS say otherwise!

  13. I love how fans blindly follow their team believing every pick the team makes will be great and they will be able to do things in the NFL that they even couldn’t do in college!

  14. Laughing at the guy who said they could have a triplet effect, Brown on this team is not the same Brown, Carr is not a top 20 QB and Jacobs is a back up running back from Bama. Funny stuff, you can’t make this up.

  15. GM Maymock get this done. 1st rd pick, 3 down back… and now we can have a possible triplet affect on offense: Carr, Brown and Jacobs. Set the tone for 2019!
    Laughed so hard I almost peed myself. Triplets on the Raiders? God, that’s funny!

  16. Just pay him Mark, all the free money you get from Las Vegas , there should be no reason not to

  17. It’s not a big deal. It’s not even a little deal. Running back is one of the positions that can afford to miss training camp. This won’t hurt the Raiders. The only thing missing camp could possibly affect is the kid’s money. He’ll actually make less in the long run, but he and his agent don’t understand. I certainly won’t be buying my kids any Josh Jacobs jerseys, and it’s back-to-school shopping season. The running plays are easy to learn, but the blocking assignments are a bit tricky, so Jacobs won’t be in on passing downs as much. Here’s a kid who is in the perfect situation to win rookie of the year, but for some reason he and his agent don’t want the money that comes from those endorsements. Whoever wins rookie of the year usually gets plenty of endorsements. Also, companies that pay people to endorse their products are looking for people with clean images. Holding out doesn’t endear these kids to the hard working public, so endorsement deals will go to someone else. I always thought agents were there to help the kids make more money. I guess you learn something new every day.

  18. The guy drafted after him has all but half a million guaranteed and the guy before has all guaranteed. Are the raiders really sweating half a million? Jordy Nelson wasted 7.5 million last year. Just sign him raiders.

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