After the Las Vegas Raiders had six first-round picks over the last three years, general manager Dave Ziegler decided to skip the first round this year. Though he’s a new commodity and had nothing to do with the team’s last three drafts, it might be for the best that the team didn’t make a pick early. Two of those six first-round picks are no longer with the team and only one of them has been to a Pro Bowl.

Ziegler had some big decisions to make this offseason as 2019 first-rounders Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram all had fifth-year team options. After being the No. 4 overall pick, Ferrell was mainly a backup defensive end last season. Jacobs made the Pro Bowl in 2020 but has dealt with injury issues over his first three seasons. Abram has a ton of tenacity on the field but has major coverage issues and has suffered significant injuries in two of three seasons. It may not come as much of a surprise but the Raiders have decided to decline the fifth-year options for all three.

“The Raiders have decided not to pick up the fifth-year options on Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram. We look forward to working with all three players and we will evaluate each situation individually moving forward,” Ziegler said in a statement.

— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 29, 2022

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Could Raiders Regret Declining Jacobs’ Option?

Out of the three, Jacobs was the only one who had a real shot at getting his fifth-year option picked up. It would’ve cost the Raiders around $8 million next season, which is more than reasonable for a top running back. However, Ziegler came from the New England Patriots and they have never been known to pay running backs.

He hasn’t always followed the Patriots playbook since getting the Raiders job but this move shows that he might not value running backs as highly as some other general managers do. Regardless, the team could live to regret declining Jacobs’ option. He had a rough start to the 2021 season but stepped up late in the season and the Raiders don’t make the playoffs without him. His …read more



Raiders Announce Final Decisions on Contracts for 3 Former 1st Round Picks

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