Josh Jacobs Trade Rumors: Why Raiders Won’t Let Go of Their Star RB (Despite Taylor’s Request)

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The Las Vegas Raiders are not looking to part ways with their star running back Josh Jacobs, despite his ongoing contract dispute. Jacobs, who led the NFL in rushing yards last season, has yet to sign his one-year, $10.1 million franchise tender and has not reported to training camp.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Raiders have shown no interest in trading Jacobs, unlike the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed their disgruntled running back Jonathan Taylor to seek a trade. Taylor, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, is unhappy with the lack of progress on a long-term extension.

Jacobs and Taylor are both among the best running backs in the league, but they have different situations. Jacobs has already played four seasons in the NFL and has proven his durability and productivity. He carried the ball 340 times for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023, earning his first All-Pro selection. He also added 38 receptions for 287 yards and two more scores.

Taylor, on the other hand, has only played two seasons and has missed some games due to injuries. He had a breakout year in 2023, rushing for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns on 232 carries. He also caught 36 passes for 299 yards and one touchdown. However, he also fumbled six times, losing four of them.

The Raiders are clearly confident that Jacobs will eventually sign his tender and join the team before the season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 10. They are not willing to trade him for anything less than a massive haul of draft picks and/or players. They view him as a cornerstone of their offense and a leader in their locker room.

The Colts, meanwhile, are open to moving on from Taylor if they can get a fair return. They have a solid backup in Nyheim Hines, who signed a three-year, $18.6 million extension earlier this month. They also have Marlon Mack, who is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon that sidelined him for most of last season.

Both Jacobs and Taylor are talented and valuable players, but they have different leverage and expectations in their contract negotiations. The Raiders are not interested in trading Jacobs, while the Colts are letting Taylor explore his options. It remains to be seen how their situations will be resolved before the start of the regular season.

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