Jacobs: ‘No hard feelings’ with Raiders after contract dispute
Josh Jacobs says any differences between him and the Las Vegas Raiders during his contract dispute weren’t personal but simply a matter of business.
Jacobs, who held out for a large portion of the offseason after being franchise-tagged, signed a one-year contract worth up to $12 million last week. The deal gives Jacobs a raise over the $10.091-million franchise tag.
“I mean, shit, we here,” Jacobs said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “We made it happen, so it ain’t no hard feelings now. It’s a clean slate with me.”
He added: “No hate on each side. I understood it, but at the same time, I understood my value, too. So it was just about meeting in the middle.”
The 25-year-old led the NFL in rushing last season with 1,653 yards but was unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal with the Raiders before the franchise tag deadline in July. Jacobs was among three franchise-tagged running backs who couldn’t fetch extensions this offseason, joining Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard.
Despite his absence from the Raiders’ offseason activities, Jacobs was pleased with how his on-field sessions have been going since returning to the team.
“Physically, I ain’t missed a step,” Jacobs declared. “I came in, and it didn’t feel like I missed a step.”
The Raiders open the season against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 10.
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