On paper, the Las Vegas Raiders look like they will have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Derek Carr has an embarrassment of riches around him at the skill positions, headlined by the offseason acquisition of Davante Adams, who comes to Las Vegas via trade from the Green Bay Packers.
Adams is fresh off signing a five-year, $141.5 million deal as part of the trade with the Raiders. Fellow wide receiver Hunter Renfrow also received a nice raise this offseason, agreeing to a two-year, $32 million extension. EDGE rusher Maxx Crosby also agreed to a huge four-year, $99 million extension.
Despite all of the money being handed out, Las Vegas still has $24.1 million available in cap space. Some of that could go to Darren Waller, who has two years left on his four-year, $29.8 million contract but none of the money is guaranteed.
Alas, that isn’t something Waller is worried about. His agent handles the contract stuff. Waller is focused on the now, as he is at training camp and playing.
“As a human being, you want to think about things like that, but for me, I feel like adopting the mindset of when I’m here, what can I give to the team? As opposed to, what I can get?” Waller said. “If I give enough, I feel like when my time comes to an end on Earth … people are going to remember me for the impact I had on people or things I was able to do for the world.
“So I try to take that attitude into the smallest details and parts of my day. Because, yeah, we are humans, and we can get distracted, but I feel like taking that approach has definitely helped me to focus in on just what I can do within the day here. And it keeps it simple and keeps it fun.”
Darren Waller isn’t the only key offensive player that has some contract concerns, as running back Josh Jacobs does as well. The Raiders declined his fifth-year option, which means he is heading into unrestricted free agency after the season.
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However, like Waller, it isn’t something he is concerned about. He is focusing all his energy on football, not his contract.
“I’m a firm believer in the work that you put in is going to pay out for itself, and I had to be here either way,” said Jacobs, one of three Raiders’ first-round picks in 2019. “And this is where I want to be. I didn’t have no problem with it. It just gave me more of a reason to come in every day, gel with the guys and work.”
Josh Jacobs has been good for the Las Vegas Raiders the first three seasons of his career. Last season was the first time that he didn’t surpass the 1,000-yard mark rushing, but he still managed to score nine touchdowns.
There will be plenty of competition for Josh Jacobs, as the team signed Brandon Bolden, drafted Zamir White and Kenyan Drake is returning from injury. But, Jacobs has looked good in camp, as he spent the offseason getting his body right for a season he will look to parlay into a nice payday.
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