Josh Jacobs has quickly become a central piece to the Las Vegas Raiders‘ future. Jacobs is the anchor to the Raiders’ offensive game plan while establishing himself as one of the league’s bright young stars. However, he has quickly gotten himself into some concerning legal problems just hours after finishing the 2020 season.
Josh Jacobs wraps up strong second season
Coming off an impressive rookie campaign, Josh Jacobs picked up where he left off with another strong year.
The Alabama product finished eighth in the league with 1,065 rushing yards, marking his second straight 1,000 rushing yard campaign in as many seasons. He also finished tied for fourth with 12 rushing touchdowns and hauled in 33 receptions on 45 targets for 238 receiving yards.
Jacobs topped 100 rushing yards twice while scoring a rushing touchdown seven times. His 2,215 rushing yards through his first two seasons are a Raiders’ record over that span to start an NFL career. Although Jacobs’ production didn’t take any notable jump, he has become the team’s workhorse option in the running game.
The 22-year-old and Jacobs finished the 2020 season on a high note with a 32-31 win over the Denver Broncos. Jacobs led the charge with 89 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, his offseason has quickly headed in the wrong direction.
Josh Jacobs busted for DUI shortly after finishing 2020 season
Josh Jacobs has quickly cemented himself as a centerpiece to the Raiders’ long-term future but has put himself in a difficult position.
According to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, Jacobs has seen his offseason quickly head sideways as he was arrested and charged for DUI on early Monday morning hours after the season finale win over the Broncos.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to a single-vehicle crash near the McCarran Airport Connector an East Sunset Road at 4 .a.m. Law enforcement suspected possible impairment and took him to a local hospital for treatment for his minor injuries.
Jacobs’ attorney has quickly put a not a guilty plea for the DUI charge if the case were to proceed through the legal system.
“No complaint has been filed against our client and there are no blood test results to support a suggestion of impairment,” Jacobs’ attorneys David Z. Chesnoff and Richard A. Schonfeld said in a statement. “We intend to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Jacobs if he is ever charged.”
The star running back has already been released from custody and will appear in court on March 8.
NFL punishment likely lies ahead
Josh Jacobs may avoid any possible legal punishment from this incident, but that won’t likely be the case from the NFL.
The league will investigate the situation in the coming days while the Raiders have already put out a public statement.
“The Raiders are aware of the situation involving Josh Jacobs,” the team said. “The organization takes these matters seriously, and we have no further comment at this time.”
The NFL will take their time with the matter that could result in a hefty fine and potentially a short-term suspension. The Raiders will abide by whatever the league will rule on the incident.
There is a possibility that it could impact his next contract with Las Vegas. He’s wrapping up the second year of his four-year, $11.9 million deal. Jacobs has two more years on his contract valued at roughly $7 million, and the team holds a fifth-year option for an undetermined amount.
It’s a potential red-flag that the Raiders could hold some hesitance on his future. Jacobs will have the team monitoring him more closely moving forward.