Josh Jacobs ends holdout, returns to Raiders on one-year deal

Aug 26, 2023, 11:00 AM | Updated: 11:16 am

Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up prior to a game against the Los Angeles Chargers ...

Chris Unger/Getty Images

After a long and uneasy last few months, the Josh Jacobs saga in Las Vegas has come to a close, for now.

Reports surfaced Saturday morning that the Las Vegas Raiders and the running back had agreed on a new and improved one-year deal.

The contract will reportedly be worth up to $12 million for this year, with an $11.8 million base salary. While the short-term deal will only keep Jacobs with the Raiders through this season, having him back in the building was the main priority.

“I love him, I love Josh. He’s phenomenal. He was the heart of our team,” owner Mark Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez after the deal was announced. “He came to play every day. Tough, tough, tough guy… If we had 22 Josh Jacobs… with that mentality, amazing.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news Saturday, with the organization and player making it official thereafter.

Josh Jacobs, 25, has been away from the Raiders for most of the summer, unwilling to sign the franchise tag for the 2023 season. Wanting long-term money, the Alabama alum has not practiced with the team for the entire training camp. The holdout came to a head this week, with Jacobs and his agent, Chad Wiestling, flying to Nevada to iron out a deal. 

In the end, it all works out it seems. 

Jacobs is coming off a monster 2022 season, leading the NFL in rushing yards (1653). The hard-nosed ball carrier also had 12 rushing touchdowns and 400 receiving yards, finishing the year with more than 2000 yards from scrimmage. The halfback took home his first All-Pro selection of his young career, along with his second Pro Bowl nod. 

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Las Vegas Raiders

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 18: Chandler Jones #55 of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts during the thir...

Field Level Media

Ex-Raider Chandler Jones pleads no contest, may avoid jail time

Former Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones may not face jail time after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge.

22 days ago

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 02: Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before the game...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Former Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller retires from NFL

Former Las Vegas Raiders tight end and 2020 Pro Bowl talent Darren Waller has announced his retirement from the NFL.

1 month ago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 22: Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders celebrates after a sack du...

Field Level Media

Report: Raiders DE Maxx Crosby receiving $6M raise

Maxx Crosby, the Las Vegas Raiders' star defensive end, will make an additional $6 million next season, ESPN reported on Thursday.

2 months ago

Oakland Raiders # 00 Jim Otto file photos. (Photo by James Flores/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *...

Field Level Media

Legendary Raiders C Jim Otto dies at 86

Legendary Oakland Raiders center Jim Otto, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 86, the team announced Sunday.

2 months ago

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Davante Adams #17 the Las Vegas Raiders reacts after...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Las Vegas Raiders release 2024 regular season schedule

Are you ready for some football? The Las Vegas Raiders have released the 2024 regular season schedule. Check it out here!

2 months ago

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 30: Aidan O'Connell #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up prior to their...

Field Level Media

Aidan O’Connell is early leader in Raiders’ QB competition

Aidan O'Connell is in line to be the Las Vegas Raiders' QB1 this fall--but the battle isn't over with Gardner Minshew lurking.

2 months ago

Josh Jacobs ends holdout, returns to Raiders on one-year deal