The NFL is currently in its dead period of the calendar, but the main storyline in the league right now is arguably the running back position. Plenty of heavy-hitter names are available on the open market from Dalvin Cook to Kareem Hunt to Ezekiel Elliott. Then you have developing situations with a couple of backs in the thick of contract disputes in Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs, who both had the franchise tag placed on them this offseason. While Barkley and the Giants appear to be having healthy discussions, things are much quieter with Jacobs and the Raiders.
Jacobs did not take part in Las Vegas’ offseason program and did not report to minicamp. If a contract extension isn’t reached in time for camp, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero told the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday that there is a possibility that Jacobs’ holdout could stretch through training camp and even into Week 1.
“The one [running back situation] that nobody’s talking about is Josh Jacobs,” Pelissero told Eisen. “At this point, if there’s not a long-term deal, I don’t anticipate Josh Jacobs being there at the start of training camp and I don’t know that he shows up Week 1.”