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Raiders sign first-round draft pick Josh Jacobs to rookie contract

Raiders sign first-round draft pick Josh Jacobs to rookie contract

And that’s a wrap. The Raiders have now signed every member of their 2019 NFL draft class.

No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs formally inked his rookie deal on Tuesday, the team announced, a four-year deal slotted to pay $11.9 million over four seasons. That sum includes a $6.69 million signing bonus, and there’s a fifth-year team option standard for all first-round draft picks. The payout is fully guaranteed, according to NFL Network, and stands as the last such guarantee in the NFL's draft order. The first 24 players will it this time, when all contracts are signed. Baltimore did not give No. 25 overall pick Marquise Brown that luxury, which stands as the dividing line for full guarantees. 

The Jacobs deal comes three weeks after the Raiders signed their other two first-round draft picks, Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram.

There’s rarely drama in these deals, with a rigid rookie wage scale established in this collective bargaining agreement that compensates players based upon draft slot. There are a few spots for sticking points, though this deal got done well ahead of when Raiders rookies report to training camp on June 23. 

Jacobs was drafted using one of two first-round picks acquired from Chicago on Sept. 1, 2018 for Khalil Mack. There’s another first-rounder coming next year, though the Raiders had to give up a second-round pick to get it.

Jacobs is Oakland's feature back, possibly a three-down player who rarely needs a spell considering his diverse skill set. He can play physical running inside, break outside the tackles, catch passes in the pattern and pass protection. Just because he can play three downs doesn't mean he will. Jon Gruden will feed his primary back heavily, but likes using multiple rushers. Jalen Richard will play an active role in the offense, especially as Jacobs weathers his first season since high school as the clear-cut No. 1 back. 

Doug Martin and Richard are locks in reserve. DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren III are battling for a fourth running back spot if there is one.

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Jacobs will spend the remaining offseason and training camp preparing for a heavy workload he never absorbed at the University of Alabama, but the Raiders believe he’ll handle it well as a professional over the life of the rookie contract he’ll play under now that it’s officially signed.

Ex-Raider Antonio Brown skips media availability after Patriots debut

Ex-Raider Antonio Brown skips media availability after Patriots debut

In an unsurprising development, Antonio Brown was nowhere to be found when the media was allowed inside the Patriots locker room after Sunday’s win in Miami.

The former Raiders wide receiver made his 2019 debut with New England in Week 2, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. 

Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say regarding AB’s performance, but said it was “good to have him out there.”

Brown has yet to speak publicly on his puzzling departure from Oakland or the sexual assault allegations against him, which were made public last week.

[RELATED: NFL rumors: Robert Kraft wouldn't have OK'd Antonio Brown if allegations known]

Based on his recent behavior, we shouldn’t be expecting any direct statements from Brown anytime soon, as he did his best to avoid the media throughout his time with the Raiders.

Some things never change.

Derek Carr passes Ken Stabler as Raiders' all-time leading passer

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Derek Carr passes Ken Stabler as Raiders' all-time leading passer

ALAMEDA -- Derek Carr is alone at the top in Raiders passing history.

During the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Carr hit tight end Darren Waller for a 16-yard gain. The completion gave Carr 19,079 career passing yards, catapulting him past Raiders legend Kenny Stabler for the most passing yards in franchise history.

Carr accomplished the feat in his 80th career game, 50 fewer than what it took Stabler in the 1970s.

Carr and the Raiders jumped out to a 10-point lead over the defending AFC West champion Chiefs on Sunday, but Patrick Mahomes tossed four second-quarter touchdown passes to give KC the lead at halftime.

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It's fitting that Carr would pass Stabler during what likely is the Raiders' final season in Oakland.