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NFL Teams That Would Be The Perfect Fit For This Top Free Agent In 2023

The NFL offseason is here, which means plenty of roster moves are about to happen. Some of the biggest names, including Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, are free agents. Unless the Raiders retain him, he can go to any team that wants him. 

The former Alabama running back was a first-round pick in 2019 and has had great success. Expect Jacobs to be one of the hottest names on the market, but it could come at a price. Let’s take a look at some possible destinations for this NFL star. 

Las Vegas Raiders

It’s hard to say whether Jacobs will stay with the team that drafted him, but he has done well for the Raiders. He’s rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of his four seasons in Las Vegas. In 2022, Jacobs had the best season of his young NFL career, rushing for 1,653 yards and four touchdowns.

He was also a threat as a receiver tallying 53 receptions for 400 yards. It was Jacobs’ first NFL All-Pro selection, and he received Pro Bowl honors for the second time. It’s clear he looks terrific on the Raider’s offense. 

In the future, the Raiders will be in rebuild mode. Quarterback Derek Carr is a free agent, and Jarrett Stidham will not likely get an opportunity to be a full-time starter. Instead, expect Vegas to look to the draft or attempt to bring in a veteran signal-caller.

This likely means there will not be much left to re-sign Josh Jacobs. However, Jacobs might change his attitude with the right quarterback addition.

Josh Jacobs was disappointed Tom Brady retired but makes his pitch for Aaron Rodgers to the Raiders. Full Zach Gelb Show on @CBSSportsRadio chat with @iAM_JoshJacobs here: — Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) February 10, 2023

Miami Dolphins

When Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovialoa is healthy, Miami looks like a Super Bowl-caliber team. Unfortunately, one of the missing pieces is an every-down running back. In 2022, the Dolphins finished with the league’s eighth-lowest rushing yard total. The team averaged just 99 yards on the ground per game.  

Raheem Mostert led Dolphins players with nearly 900 rushing yards in 2022, but he and the rest of the Miami backfield are free agents. The Dolphins would be best off looking elsewhere without a guy taking a clear leap. Josh Jacobs would be a considerable upgrade and help transform the offense. In addition, Miami would have one of the best wide receiver tandems in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and one of the league’s best running backs. 

Baltimore Ravens

The sky is the limit for the Baltimore Ravens if they retain quarterback Lamar Jackson and sign him to a contract extension. Once his contract is resolved, the Ravens would be wise to surround him with plenty of playmakers.  

Josh Jacobs would be an upgrade over the current backfield that was very productive in 2022. Baltimore finished the year with 2,720 rushing yards, the second most in the league. QB Lamar Jackson was the rushing leader with 764 yards, so having Jacobs would give the Ravens an actual number-one rusher. This could make Baltimore one of the league’s most dangerous offenses. 

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills were the preseason Super Bowl favorite coming into 2022 but fell short again. They have Josh Allen at quarterback, who is usually in MVP conversation. However, he needs a running game to take the pressure off him. In the playoff loss to the Bengals, Allen was the team’s leading rusher with just 26 yards. Their number one back Devin Singletary has done a decent job but has not eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season since getting drafted in 2019. He will also be a free agent. 

The Bills tried to go after New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara at the trade deadline this past season. Unfortunately, a deal was not done, so Buffalo did not get the chance to upgrade their rushing attack. In 2023, expect them to go all-in for a top free-agent running back while their championship window is still wide open. 

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles will likely do anything possible to avenge their Super Bowl loss. In addition, they could also lose their top running back, Miles Sanders, to free agency. Sanders had a career year in 2022, rushing for 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, his workload dropped in the postseason, potentially signifying the Eagles could move on from him. 

Similarly to the other teams listed, Philadelphia would have a terrifying offense moving forward if they bring in Josh Jacobs. They already have a dual-threat quarterback in Jalen Hurts and have an excellent wide receiver tandem with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. However, the Eagles have a lot of players to pay this offseason, so adding a top-caliber free agent could be difficult. 

Final Thoughts

Expect Josh Jacobs to want to play for a contender while also remaining a focal point of the offense. Determining which of these NFL teams gives him that opportunity is formidable. He might take a backseat in Philly, Buffalo, and Baltimore, but he can win. Unless the Raiders somehow can transform, it’s hard to see them as a contender immediately. This makes the Miami Dolphins the best choice.  

Jacobs could rejoin his Alabama teammates Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle. The offense could then put more emphasis on the running game, unlike before. Jacobs could be the workhorse back while Tua spreads the ball around his playmakers. This balanced attack could be one of the AFC’s best and put the Dolphins on par with the Bills as the top team in the AFC East.

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