Raiders To Release G Gabe Jackson

The Raiders will move on from their longest-tenured offensive lineman. They are releasing seven-year starting guard Gabe Jackson, according to veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson (on Twitter).

This will end a productive partnership, with Jackson having served as a Raiders starter from Day 1. The franchise drafted Jackson in the 2014 third round, where he joined Derek Carr and Khalil Mack as instant contributors from the draft class. His exit will leave Carr as the last man standing from that haul.

This is not a completely out-of-the-blue move, however. The Raiders shopped Jackson during the 2020 draft. By releasing him now, they will save $9.6MM in cap space. The team entered Wednesday slightly over the projected 2021 salary cap. Two seasons remained on the five-year extension Jackson signed in 2017.

Jackson had battled injuries in recent years, failing to make it through 16 games from 2017-19. But he bounced back and started all 16 Raider contests last season, helping Josh Jacobs to a second straight 1,000-yard season. Pro Football Focus has rated Jackson as a middling guard in recent years, after viewing him as a high-end blocker earlier in his career. Jackson, 29, still stands to generate interest on an open market that has been increasingly kind to proven O-linemen in recent years.

This has become a key day for the Raiders’ offensive front. They are shopping Trent Brown as well. At guard, however, Las Vegas has key questions after this Jackson development.

The Raiders played most of last season without Richie Incognito. He and Brown’s absences affected the O-line’s performance, with Jacobs being limited to 3.9 yards per carry. The Raiders used Denzelle Good as Incognito’s backup and drafted Clemson product John Simpson in the 2020 fourth round. Incognito is under contract for 2021, but the polarizing player will turn 38 this year and is coming off a significant injury. Good is a free agent.

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  1. markdavisbarber

    I am willing to bet that the Raiders were looking to re-do his contract. He is 10mil a year for the next 2 years. This is probably a test the market freely and judge what you can get move. Ozzie Newsome used to do this for years in Baltimore and was touted as a genius for it.

    I can see Carl Nassib, Cory Littleton, and Lamarcus Joyner testing the open market as well.

    • frank858

      So this has nothing to do with the fact that they are still $7 to $8 over the cap?

    • MasterCal

      Nassib’s contract isn’t cuttable. It’s practically fully guaranteed (just $250K in savings if he’s released)

    • Steezy

      They’ll bring back good at a way cheaper price. They’ve been wanting to get rid of gabe for a bit. We already know Joyner is gone. Littleton is basically fully guaranteed.

  2. markdavisbarber

    So yes a re-do of any contract is a salary cap situation in any year. The Raiders probably made an offer to keep Gabe and his agent probably wants to test the market.

    Carl Nassib is able to be cut and is not fully guaranteed until the March 20th roster bonus that kicks in his incentives. Corry Littleton is a handcuff until the end of 2021.

  3. Ezall98

    Seahawks please bring this guy in for a visit and consider signing him if you can.

  4. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I’m not excited about the prospect of having to watch them try to rebuild nearly half of an O-line, but I get it with the cap situation. They best get better at drafting, though. They botch this and it’s going to be one of those 5-11 type years.

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