3 reasons the Las Vegas Raiders are not trading Josh Jacobs

NFL 2022: Cornerback Mike Hilton #21 of the Cincinnati Bengals chases after running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NFL 2022: Cornerback Mike Hilton #21 of the Cincinnati Bengals chases after running back Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: DeAndre Carter #1 of the Washington Football Team returns a punt against Dallin Leavitt #32 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Allegiant Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Reason #3- Raiders are trying to win & The $$

When the trade rumor surfaced the premier NFL insider Ian Rapoport was quick to dispel the notion that Jacobs could be traded.

Jacobs’ salary for 2022 is minimal for a player of his caliber with a base salary of $2.1 million dollars with a signing bonus of $1.6 million. The Raiders are trying to win now with the stacked roster they have assembled.

Jettisoning their best running back when he is being paid such a nominal salary in the final year of his contract simply would not make sense.

Unless another franchise was desperate and offered the Raiders something higher than a future 3rd round pick (compensatory pick if Jacobs signs elsewhere in ’23) it would hurt the team in multiple ways to part with Jacobs.

Josh Jacobs will be the RB1 in 2022. Regardless of rumors, the possible ascension of rookie Zamir White, and pre-season action, expect Jacobs to be the starting back in the regular season when the Raiders and Chargers line up in September.