3 Destinations For Raiders’ Josh Jacobs In Free Agency

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2022 didn’t get off to a great start for running back Josh Jacobs. With a new regime leading the Las Vegas Raiders, he had his fifth-year option declined, which means he will become a free agent when the new league year kicks off in a few weeks. That decision could now be viewed as a blessing in disguise for Josh Jacobs, who is about to cash in on a huge contract.

The 2019 first-round pick turned in the best season of his career in 2022. Josh Jacobs led the NFL with 1,653 rushing yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He led the league in total touches with 393 and total yardage with 2,053.

Now a true dual-threat running back out of the backfield, Josh Jacobs should have no shortage of suitors once free agency begins. Where could he end up? Here are three potential destinations for the Alabama product.

3. Chicago Bears

There isn’t a team in the NFL with more cap space to spend than the Chicago Bears. They are projected to have more than $34 million more money to spend than the next closest team, so expect them to make some splash acquisitions.

With David Montgomery set to hit free agency himself, they could look to upgrade the position with Josh Jacobs. Chicago has turned into a haven for running backs with Justin Fields as the quarterback as they are as run-heavy of a team in the NFL.

Compared to Montgomery, Josh Jacobs is a much more explosive player and is starting to make a bigger impact as a pass catcher as well. If they are looking to throw their weight around financially, this could be one way to do it.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best offenses in the NFL this season as Jalen Hurts was able to take his game to another level. A big reason for his increase in production was that the Eagles went out and upgraded the skill positions around him.

Last year it was wide receiver, A.J. Brown. Could it be Josh Jacobs this year? Miles Sanders and Boston Scott are both hitting free agency, leaving Kenneth Gainwell as the only running back currently under contract.

A featured role could be available in Philadelphia, which should be appealing to Josh Jacobs. Also, running behind arguably the best offensive line in the NFL is certainly a selling point. The Eagles checked in on making an upgrade at the running spot ahead of the trade deadline as well, so they could be in the market for one in free agency.

1. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins had five different running backs get on the field for them in 2022. None of them are under contract with the team as they begin preparations for 2023. Chase Edmonds was traded to the Denver Broncos while Jeff Wilson Jr., Raheem Mostert, Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin are all hitting free agency.

Running back should be near the top of the Dolphins’ to-do list this offseason. They began the process of upgrading the weapons around Tua Tagovailoa last offseason when they acquired Tyreek Hill in a trade. Now, it is time to take even more pressure off of him and figure out the backfield.

Making a splash with Josh Jacobs would be a good way to get the running game back on track. Expect them to make an aggressive push for all the top running backs on the market with a currently barren depth chart.

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