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Josh Jacobs Next Team Odds: Eagles, Texans, Bengals In Play

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Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a breakout 2022 season to the extreme. The four-year pro led the NFL in rushing yards (1,653) and yards per game (97.2), had the NFL’s longest run of the season (86 yards), and scored 12 TDs to boot. 

It was good timing for Jacobs, who was in the final year of his rookie contract. The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Jacobs, boosting his annual salary to $10.1 million for 2023. 

But this past season was not good timing for the now-unrestricted free agent. In his fifth season for the Raiders, Jacobs gained just 805 yards with six touchdowns and a 3.5 yards-per-carry average. All were career lows. 

Now Jacobs hits the open market. Many insiders believe he's the No. 2 running back available, with Saquon Barkley at No. 1. Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to update his hypothetical NFL futures odds on Jacobs' team for 2024.

Josh Jacobs 2024 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Philadelphia Eagles+45018.2%
Houston Texans+50016.7%
Cincinnati Bengals+52516.0%
Las Vegas Raiders+55015.4%
Dallas Cowboys+80011.1%
New England Patriots+90010.0%
Baltimore Ravens+10009.1%
Chicago Bears+15006.3%
The Field+50016.7%

Odds are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps. They will not equal 100% because they're designed to mimic an individual sportsbook line.

Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

Prior to the 2023 season, Pro Football Focus graded Jacobs as the top-performing player from the Class of 2019, ahead of A.J. Brown, Nick Bosa, and Deebo Samuel among others. Last year he played all 17 games, though that was the first he’d managed more than 15. 

Last year was a different story. The Raiders struggled offensively as a whole and Jacobs was part of that. 

He's just age 26 and showcases he can be a premier back in the right spot. The belief is he'll command roughly $10-11 million annually in a new contract. 

With $43.4 million in available cap space, the Raiders can afford to bring Jacobs back. How high of a priority is, is to be determined. The team ranked 30th in rushing with Jacobs. 

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While Raiders have indicated they want Jacobs back for 2024, they are not expected to use the franchise tag on Jacobs, making him available to go anywhere. With Barkley also not getting franchised, Jacobs is the No. 2 back on the market. 

Some teams that would like an upgrade at the position will find that price a little high. The Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins, for example, are each on the wrong side of the salary cap, and free agency hasn't even started. The Dallas Cowboys aren't a lot better, though the $30 million boost to the cap helps. Dallas is still above the cap line for 2024, though many believe it could be the best spot, and the top choice, for Jacobs. 

The Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans all have money to spend, a need to upgrade after losing key producers, and a chance for Jacobs to be on a winning side. 

All three teams could be in line for Jacobs, as well as Barkley, and perhaps Derrick Henry. Jacobs offers youth over one, health over the other, and might be more affordable than either.  

That's especially enticing for the Eagles ($32.4M), who have less available funding than the Texans ($74M) or Bengals ($52.5M). 

The Baltimore Ravens seek a go-to back for the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack, though cap concerns ($12.1M right now) could keep them off the eight-figure RBs. The New England Patriots will try anything to get one of league's bottom-producing offenses. Only the Commanders and Titans have more cap space than what New England is playing with. 

The Chicago Bears are currently riding D’Onta Foreman and Khalil Herbert in the hopes they can take the pressure off QB Justin Fields. Jacobs would certainly do a better job of that, and the Bears remain flush with available funds, more than any other team. 

The Field includes other contenders that could use an upgrade at RB like Jacobs, but may not have the means to make it work or are more focused on depth improvement, including the Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers

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Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.