HENDERSON, Nev. — Running again Josh Jacobs, writer of two 1,000-yard speeding seasons in his three-12 months profession, did not have his fifth-12 months choice picked up this offseason by the Las Vegas Raiders‘ new regime.
Darren Waller, who set a franchise file with 107 catches two years in the past, is simply the 17th highest-paid tight finish within the NFL when it comes to common annual worth and remains to be hoping for a contract extension.
And whereas two of quarterback Derek Carr’s most potent threats are getting into a season with out contracts they want, each of the Raiders‘ 2020 Pro Bowlers insist they’re centered on soccer, somewhat than the enterprise finish of issues.
“I’m a firm believer in the work that you put in is going to pay out for itself, and I had to be here either way,” stated Jacobs, certainly one of three Raiders‘ first-spherical picks in 2019. “And this is where I want to be. I didn’t have no problem with it. It just gave me more of a reason to come in every day, gel with the guys and work.”
Waller echoed President John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” mantra in explaining how he compartmentalizes wanting a brand new deal on par along with his ability degree and manufacturing with being knowledgeable.
“As a human being, you want to think about things like that, but for me, I feel like adopting the mindset of when I’m here, what can I give to the team? As opposed to, what I can get?” Waller stated. “If I give enough, I feel like when my time comes to an end on Earth … people are going to remember me for the impact I had on people or things I was able to do for the world.
“So I attempt to take that perspective into the smallest particulars and elements of my day. Because, yeah, we’re people, and we are able to get distracted, however I really feel like taking that method has undoubtedly helped me to focus in on simply what I can do inside the day right here. And it retains it easy and retains it enjoyable.”
The Raiders, with new general manager Dave Ziegler and new coach Josh McDaniels, added All-Pro receiver Davante Adams in a trade with the Green Bay Packers in the spring. Plus, Las Vegas gave slot receiver Hunter Renfrow a two-year, $32 million extension this offseason.
And that’s just on offense. Defensive end Maxx Crosby got a four-year, $99 million extension while Pro Bowl linebacker Denzel Perryman is entering the final year of his contract and is also looking for an extension.
Waller would seem to be next in line, though, at least when it comes to offense, as the Raiders still have more than $24.1 million in salary cap space for 2022, per ESPN Stats & Information.
“I’m specializing in enjoying proper now,” said Waller, who still has two years left on the four-year, $29.8 million extension he signed in 2019. No money is guaranteed, though, for this season or next.
“My agent handles that. Whatever’s occurring there may be no matter’s occurring there. Whatever the result is of that, I’m right here. I’m enjoying.”
Jacobs, meanwhile, has rushed for a combined 3,087 yards and 28 TDs while catching 107 passes for 752 yards in his three seasons.
But with the additions of Brandon Bolden in free company and Zamir White within the draft and the return of Kenyan Drake from a damaged proper ankle, there’s a probability that Jacobs’ manufacturing would possibly go down in a possible working-again-by-committee scheme. Thus, doubtlessly hindering future earnings, no?
Same with Waller, contemplating the addition of Adams and the emergence of Renfrow.
Not that both of them is specializing in these elements now.
“Offseason, I was just getting my body right,” Jacobs stated. “I didn’t have anything that was too crazy. I was just focusing on what I feel like I needed to focus on at that time.”
The focus now, then, is on what occurs on the sector, somewhat than on the bargaining desk.