According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, the Raiders made a $12 million-per-year offer to the franchise-tagged star that he rejected. Garafolo also noted that Barkley would have likely accepted such a figure prior to the deadline had the Giants tabled it. However, NY was not prepared to go that high.
“My understanding is that Josh Jacobs got an offer from the Raiders around $12 million per year,” the journalist said during a recent episode of the Rich Eisen Show.
“The Giants just wouldn’t go there,” he said in reference to Barkley, who accepted an $11 million deal this week that does not include a “no franchise tag” clause. This leaves the Giants free to use the tag on him again next year.
Jacobs is reported to have flown from Las Vegas this week and does not plan to return anytime soon. He isn’t subject to the fines that would ordinarily come with skipping out on training camp as he did not sign a contract.
Running backs from around the NFL have reportedly held a Zoom meeting to discuss the position’s decline and remain in communication. Perhaps Barkley’s deal has weakened potential plans, but it could be a really interesting offseason for the league on such a front.
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