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).
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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