It took a long time to get there, but Josh Jacobs seems completely fine with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jacobs, who held out this preseason before , is happy to just have the situation behind him with the regular season right around the corner.
Jacobs refused to sign a one-year, $10.1 million franchise tag the Raiders first placed on him after last season. That led to his preseason holdout before the two sides finally .
He officially returned to practice on Wednesday, marking his first since last season.
The deal isn’t much more than the one the franchise tag would have paid him. But it gives Jacobs the flexibility to negotiate a new long-term deal next offseason.
“I think it went pretty good for both parties, honestly,” Jacobs said. “One of the hardest things in football to do, man, is watch, you know what I’m saying? At least for a guy like me. And so I was itching to get back. Just to be able to come and make it make sense for both parties, it was definitely huge.”
Jacobs led the league with 1,653 rushing yards last season, his fourth with the Raiders. He matched a career-best 12 touchdowns and averaged 97.2 yards per game. Despite his dominant outing, the Raiders went just 6-11 and railed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
While there’s been plenty of issues with running back contracts throughout the league this offseason — just look at Jonathan Taylor’s trade request in Indianapolis — Jacobs is happy to have this behind him.
He’s ready to play again, starting with their Week 1 matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sept. 10. And even though he’s had time off, Jacobs isn’t worried about jumping in this soon to the regular season.
“Physically, I ain’t missing a step. I definitely can say that,” Jacobs said. “The biggest thing for me, really, was coming back mentally just with the playbook and the new plays and all of that. I didn’t want to be behind. But when I came in today, man, I didn’t have any errors. I came in today and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember this.’”