Josh Jacobs is one of three running backs who received the franchise tag this offseason. Tony Pollard is another, but he already signed his franchise tender, whereas Saquon Barkley and Jacobs have not. For the latter two, this means they face a Monday deadline to either sign the existing tag on the dotted line, reach a long-term extension, or sit out the season entirely.
Obviously, no football player wants to miss a year at the peak of their career. But it’s been done before, most recently by Le’Veon Bell, also a running back.