Davante Adams is hoping the Las Vegas Raiders and franchise-tagged running back Josh Jacobs can find common ground.
Jacobs and the Raiders didn’t agree to a long-term deal before Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign extensions. Jacobs, who hasn’t signed his franchise tag, is uncertain for training camp and Week 1.
“If we really want to have a shot at winning the Super Bowl and having all the elite aspirations that we do, we’re gonna need that guy,” Adams said Friday on “NFL Total Access,” according to Coral Smith of NFL.com. “I’m praying that we can still figure something out, but also understanding where Josh is coming from and trying to coach him through it at the same time.”
Adams is no stranger to the franchise tag. The receiver was tagged last year by the Green Bay Packers before being traded to the Raiders, who rewarded him with the long-term deal he sought. The 30-year-old said he’s been offering help to Jacobs.
“I’ve been talking to him, we’ve been in his ear a little bit just trying to coach him through this process,” Adams said. “I’ve been through it a couple times myself, and I know what it’s like to go back and forth about whether or not you feel appreciated.”
Jacobs’ franchise tag is worth $10.1 million. He was one of three players – all running backs – unable to land extensions. The lack of long-term contracts for the position drew criticism from many of the league’s top running backs, with Christian McCaffrey calling it “criminal.”
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