The Las Vegas Raiders already had a certifiable No. 1 running back, a Pro Bowler with a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons to begin his NFL career.
Josh Jacobs was a first-round pick in 2019 and is seemingly still on his ascent. So why would the defensively-deficient Raiders feel the need to add another seeming RB1 in free agency and pay Kenyan Drake like a starter, rather than address the need for a veteran free safety?
It has more to do with adding weapons than ignoring a need, from a certain point of view.
"He can run it, catch it and return it," Raiders coach Jon Gruden told ESPN.com, when asked what Drake brought to the team despite the presence of Jacobs.
"He's a threat to make a big play with or without it."
And if the finances are what have you scratching you head -- Drake got a two-year deal with $11 million guaranteed that can grow to $14.5 million with incentives -- get in line. Because Jacobs -- again, the unquestioned lead back -- has base salaries totaling more than $3.7 million the next two seasons (though Jacobs has more than $11.9 million in guaranteed money in his rookie contract).