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Josh Jacobs signs contract with the Raiders, ending the holdout

The Las Vegas Raiders will have the leading rusher of 2022 in his backfield to start the 2023 NFL season.

Josh Jacobs, who held out during training camp, has agreed to a deal, the Raiders announced in a press release.

Josh Jacobs vs. Rams

Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders stretches prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 8, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

According to NFL Network, the deal is for a one-year deal and is valued at up to $12 million.

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After the two sides failed to reach a long-term settlement in July, Jacobs kept a low profile and refused to sign a $10.091 million franchise deal.

Jacobs confirmed the news on X, the company formerly known as Twitter.

Jacobs led the NFL in rushing in 2022, rushing for 1,653 yards on ground with 12 touchdowns. He played in all 17 games last season and in 15 games each in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The Raiders are entering a new era following the sacking of Derek Carr in February. Las Vegas has signed an experienced quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo March.

Josh Jacobs takes on the Chiefs

Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on January 7, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

One of the main talking points this NFL offseason has been teams’ reluctance to pay running backs, even for teams as successful as Jacobs.

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New York Giants run Saquon Barkley It also failed to reach a long-term agreement, settling for a one-year deal worth up to $11 million and a $2 million signing bonus in July.

“The reality is, I mean, first of all, I just followed my heart,” Barkley said after day two of camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey. “Obviously I heard what everyone was saying on the news and on social media: But I just followed my heart. And then you have to look at it from a business perspective, from a business perspective. I thought, “What’s the best thing I can do?”

“Some people may agree or disagree with sitting out or sitting in, and I feel like for this year specifically, the best thing is to come back and get out there and play the game I love.” I play for mine teammates and doing something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.

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Saquon Barkley on the field

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, #26, during training camp at the NY Giants Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 27, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

“Of course I know what’s going on with the running back situation, that I’m being tagged and that the value of the running back keeps going down. I feel like that can only change if someone makes things change. God willing, hopefully I can be one of the people to do that.

Veteran running back Dalvin Cook was released by the Minnesota Vikings in June after four straight Pro Bowl seasons. Cook signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets last week.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report

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