The Kansas City Chiefs could take advantage of one of their AFC West rival’s potential mistakes after the 2022 season.
On Thursday night during the Hall of Fame game, it became abundantly clear that rookie Zamir White is the Las Vegas Raiders‘ long-term answer at running back.
I know it was just the first preseason game, but White looked like a Pro-Bowler against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense. White showed physicality, toughness, and elusiveness. All the traits that a running back needs to be successful in the NFL (along with pass protection abilities, of course).
When you combine White’s impressive debut with the fact that fourth-year running back Josh Jacobs didn’t have his fifth-year option picked up by Las Vegas, it’s easy to see how White is likely going to be the answer at running back for the Raiders.
That means Jacobs will likely be wearing a different uniform next year.
If the Raiders are going to move on from Jacobs after the season, then Kansas City should do their best to get him in a Chiefs uniform in 2023.
Jacobs showed during his first two years in the league that he can be a No. 1 running back. He wasn’t quite as productive on the ground last season, rushing for just 872 yards in 15 games, but he still made a big impact in the passing game. Jacobs caught 54 passes for 348 yards in 2021.
That stat line makes me feel like Jacobs would be a perfect fit in Andy Reid’s offense. And with Clyde Edwards-Helaire not looking like a sure thing (he’s missed 10 games during his first two years in the NFL), it would make sense for the Chiefs to find a running back who can be a bit more effective. Jacobs certainly seems to fit the bill.
The Raiders could block this from happening by choosing to place the franchise tag on Jacobs after the season. Or they could attempt to re-sign him. It seems unlikely, though, that Las Vegas would place the franchise tag on a player that they didn’t use the fifth-year option on. I’m also not sure Jacobs would re-sign with the Raiders — he might want to go to a franchise where he feels more wanted.
If this works out for the Chiefs it would be quite the coup. The Raiders might like White better than Jacobs, but that doesn’t mean Jacobs can’t still be a really good NFL running back.
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