Latest On Raiders, Gabe Jackson

A year after trading All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets in a pick-swap deal, the Raiders shopped Gabe Jackson for a mid- to late-round pick, Vic Tafur of The Athletic notes (subscription required).

Trade interest emerged. But after the draft, GM Mike Mayock said Jackson would remain the Raiders’ starting right guard. On Monday, Jackson’s $9.35MM 2020 base salary became guaranteed, Tafur adds.

This makes it likely the Raiders will return their entire starting line. Last year’s Raider front five ranked sixth in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric, helping Josh Jacobs to an 1,150-yard season in just 13 games.

I hadn’t heard anything, and you never know,” Jackson said Monday, via Tafur. “It was a weird feeling, but I am very happy to be back.”

Although Jackson has missed eight games over the past two seasons due to injury, he has enjoyed a solid career. The 28-year-old blocker joins Derek Carr as the Raiders’ longest-tenured starters, with each having debuted in the team’s lineup in Week 1 of the 2014 season. Jackson and Carr signed extensions days apart in June 2017. Pro Football Focus has continually slotted Jackson as an above-average guard, placing him in the top 15 at the position as recently as the 2018 season. The former third-round pick missed five games because of a knee malady last season.

The Raiders were busy on their interior line this offseason. They extended Richie Incognito and re-signed Denzelle Good and Jordan Devey. They also signed Eric Kush and traded up in the fourth round for Clemson guard John Simpson. The latter, an All-American in 2019, could be viewed as an heir apparent to either Jackson or the soon-to-be 37-year-old Incognito. Jackson is signed through 2022 but has no guaranteed money on his deal after 2020.

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  1. JJB0811

    I’m still waiting on Jon to draft and develop 1 QB. All he does is bluff about what’s he’s ‘inherited’. Much easier to keep a job about griping about the previous people rather than select your own and be held accountable. It’ll be another sub 500 season for the Raiders.

      • cant_teach_speed

        Especially now that you can threaten your own citizens with military force rather than try and solve a problem.

        • Ironman_4life

          But it was ok when the one before did it. Someone has accountability issues.

          • lautrec

            That would require intellectual honesty. When Twitter, Hollywood, ThE vast majority of TV media, pseudo science, and all things social media is your source for creating your opinions, then toss reason, logic and honesty aside. This country is close to being done.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      I don’t honestly know how Gruden got a reputation as this young QB guru? Everything he allegedly wants at the position goes against everything that made him successful, when he was. Gannon wasn’t young, or running all over the field, or slinging it deep on the regular. If anything, he somewhat resembled what Carr is.

      You nailed it though- Chuckles wants to deflect blame. As long as he has Carr, he knows Carr will catch the heat for the losses. He just has to ‘leak’ how he’d like another QB. Man, he doesn’t REALLY want one though. Carr is a good QB; and when Gruden drafts ‘his’ guy and fails to develop him, Chuckles will start catching heat. That’ll just about wipe all the shine off of Gruden, and he’ll be seen for what he is- an average coach.

      • wagner13

        If anything, he seems to be more adept with veterans such as Jeff Garcia and Brad Johnson. Like you mentioned, I can’t name any young quarterbacks he’s single-handedly developed off the top of my head

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The Raiders big problem is that their cultural identity simply looks like a ridiculous sham in a place like Las Vegas. Would anyone take the Bears or Packers serious if they tried to re-invent themselves in Arkansas or the Cowboys tried to play out of St.Louis?

    • cant_teach_speed

      This has nothing to do with anything. They haven’t even moved yet officially, so how can they already be struggling with a cultural identity? Their big problem is Al Davis was batshit crazy for the last 20 years of his life and Mark Davis has a haircut nobody respects. And for the record, nobody has taken the Cowboys seriously in Dallas since about 96 either.

      • 920kodiak

        They are the most valuable sports team in North America, so, in that sense, at least, they should to be taken very seriously.

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