First-round pick Josh Jacobs signs his first NFL contract
There will be no holdouts in Oakland as the Raiders entire 2019 draft class has now been signed.
The final player to put pen to paper was the standout running back from Alabama, Josh Jacobs. The 24th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft signed his first professional contract on Tuesday, according to the team.
We also have the details of Jacobs’ first NFL deal, thanks to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal — the Oakland running back is set to make $11.9 million over four years. The Raiders will have the option to pick up the fifth-year of Jacobs’ deal down the road if he performs as well as expected in Jon Gruden’s offensive system early in his NFL career.
Jacobs, the MVP of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, rushed for 1,491 yards and added 16 touchdowns during his Alabama career. He also proved to be a valuable target in the passing game as he notched 48 catches for 571 yards and one touchdown during his collegiate career. You also can’t discount Jacobs’ triple-threat ability, as he added another 514 yards and another touchdown as a kick return for Nick Saban.
Look for Jacobs to fill all these roles next season as he’s one of the early favorites to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year heading into his debut season in the NFL.