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Josh Jacobs spotted leaving Las Vegas airport, won’t report to training camp

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The Las Vegas Raiders will open training camp without its offensive leader.

Josh Jacobs, the National Football League’s rushing champion in 2022, will not report to camp Tuesday.

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According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the former Alabama standout was spotted boarding a flight leaving Las Vegas airport. Jacobs, a former first-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, got the fifth-year option on his rookie contract declined.

He rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of four seasons while having 1,000+ yards from scrimmage in four years. The 25-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and earned first-team All-Pro honors last year. Jacobs totaled 1,653 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns in 2022. Las Vegas did not reach a new deal with him, and Jacobs did not sign the franchise tender tag that would have paid him a little over $10 million. He gambled on himself last year and won, but the Raiders didn’t see the value.

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We will see if Jacobs decides to test the market of other teams.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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