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Raiders sign guard Gabe Jackson to five-year contract extension

Raiders sign guard Gabe Jackson to five-year contract extension

Update (5:03 p.m., 6/30/17): The Raiders have officially announced the signing of guard Gabe Jackson to a five-year contract extension.

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The Raiders extended quarterback Derek Carr’s contract a week ago Thursday. It was never meant to stand alone. Carr’s massive new deal was the first in a series of pacts designed to keep a talented, young core intact.

Right guard Gabe Jackson was next in line for a new deal. It didn’t take long to get one.

Jackson agreed to a contract extension on Thursday, that will add five years to his tenure, league sources confirmed with NBC Sports California. Jackson can earn $56 million over the life of the contract, according to the NFL Network, which puts him in rare air in his position group. The deal also includes $26 million in guarantees, per ESPN, the largest sum among right guards. 

The market for interior offensive linemen has exploded in recent years, launched upwards by the five-year, $58.5 million pact Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele agreed to during the 2016 offseason. Jackson moved from left to right for Osemele, and performed extremely well. The Mississippi State product didn't allow a sack in 2016, and gave up just 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. 

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has no problem spending big on offensive linemen. He paid Osemele a massive sum in 2016, and gave center Rodney Hudson $44.5 million the year before.

Jackson’s contract structure is not yet known, though Carr’s five-year, $125 million extension might’ve made it possible to properly entice Jackson. Carr split bonus money between two seasons, which gave the Raiders 2017 salary cap space required to go after Jackson right away. They had roughly $18 million remaining after the Carr pact, with just their top three 2017 draft picks left to sign. 

The 2014 third-round pick was entering a contract year, and the Raiders didn’t want him anywhere near unrestricted free agency.

Now Carr and Jackson are locked up, leaving one more member of a star-studded 2014 draft class left to extend. First-round edge rusher Khalil Mack will sign a massive contract extension, though there’s no rush to do so at this stage. The Raiders exercised the fifth-year option on 2014’s No. 5 overall pick, meaning his deal won’t expire until after the 2018 season.

That gives the Raiders time to rein in the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. An extension should come during the next offseason, when the Raiders have the financial flexibility required to pull off another blockbuster deal.

The team wanted to get Carr and Jackson done this summer. Carr said his extension talks were “easy.” Jackson’s were fast. The deal came together quickly, as both sides agreed on terms that will keep Jackson well paid for a long time.

The interior offensive line is locked up long term, which should provide stability protecting Derek Carr. Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn also enters a contract year, though it’s uncertain how much longer the 34-year old wants to play despite excellent production in recent seasons. The Raiders have an open competition at the right tackle spot.

Raiders vs. Cardinals live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 11 game online

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Raiders vs. Cardinals live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 11 game online

The Raiders have had to make changes all week due to poor air quality in the Bay Area. What effect that has will be determined soon when they play the Cardinals Sunday in Arizona. 

Is this the week the Raiders get their second win of the season? How much will the absences of Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant hurt the offense? Can Derek Carr out-play rookie Josh Rosen?

We're about to find out.

Here's how to watch Sunday's Raiders-Cardinals NFL game online. 

Start time: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:05 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS
Raiders live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial

Raiders' Week 11 prep still impacted by poor air quality from Camp Fire

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Raiders' Week 11 prep still impacted by poor air quality from Camp Fire

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders downgraded their practice to a walk-through for the second consecutive day because of poor air quality, again moving off-site to work indoors at a local sports complex.

While anyone in Silver and Black is careful to point out that inconveniences brought about by thick smoke in the Bay Area are inconsequential to the lives, homes and other property lost in the Camp Fire itself, the Raiders are at a disadvantage while preparing for Sunday’s road game against the Arizona Cardinals. 

They haven’t conducted a full-speed practice since Wednesday, and even that was conducted in poor air quality. Conditions have worsened dramatically over the past few days, with unhealthy conditions for even normal, healthy adults.

Had a home game been scheduled for Sunday, the NFL surely would’ve moved it to another location. The Environmental Protection Agency gave air quality an unhealthy score of 159 before the previous game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The EPA’s air quality score in Oakland was 256.

Smoky air drove the Raiders indoors, where they got in reps but none at full speed. They don’t have the space or quality surface to do real football work, but the Raiders are making do.

“We’re practicing in an indoor ice rink that was [converted] to a soccer field,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We didn’t have much room to get the splits and get the routes run. We’re not going to make any excuses. We’re not the only people dealing with adversity right now.”

That last part is true, but this week’s prep wasn’t complete, and it could impact their ability to earn the season’s second win against a beatable opponent.

“The practices have impacted us. You need to see things at speed to generate timing," Gruden said. "Switching stunts in a walk-through in an indoor facility is one thing, in a controlled fashion. Switching them on a practice field at full speed is another. Timing out routes, seeing it at speed. That’s why you see a lot of indoor facilities around the league. It gets bad outside, they go inside. Fortunately for us, we were able to find a place to get some work in.”