Gabe Jackson’s future was uncertain for weeks leading up to free agency. It was reported that the Las Vegas Raiders were going to release the veteran guard, but the team never followed suit. Instead, just after to the start of the new league year, Las Vegas instead pursued a possible trade partner.
The Seahawks bit, sending a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Raiders in exchange for Jackson.
Jackson informed local media on Tuesday that he restructured his deal and received a “little extension” from Seattle. Now we’ve learned via Ian Rapoport that Jackson signed a three-year extension worth $22.575 million with a $9 million signing bonus and $7.075 million in additional guarantees. A source confirmed to NBC Sports Northwest that the extension is a new contract as the two sides threw out the remaining two years on Jackson’s old deal.
From the team’s side, this allows the Seahawks to keep Jackson’s cap number low in 2021. It likely won’t be above $5 million. For Jackson, he gets north of $16 million in guaranteed money. He was due $9.6 million on his old deal for the next two seasons but none of it was guaranteed. Jackson is now under contract through 2023 compared to 2022.
“All I know is I’m excited to join the 12s and meet my other brothers,” Jackson said.
Jackson, a former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2014, is entering his eighth NFL season and will be 30 in July. He’s coming off a year in which he played all 16 games for the first time since 2016.
“It was a great feeling to finish out the full season with no injuries,” Jackson said. “You have minor stuff here and there, aches and bruises, but just to make it through with my teammates for the full year and to play well, it felt great.”
He added that having a fresh start in Seattle feels revitalizing to his career.
“It almost felt like draft day,” Jackson said. “I feel like I’m a rookie all over again. I get to go somewhere and meet new people and just start over.”
Jackson shared that he’s spoken with Seattle’s entire offensive coaching staff. Teammates like Russell Wilson, Duane Brown and Damien Lewis have also reached out.
“(Wilson) was excited. I don’t know if he is as excited as me, but we’re both excited to work together,” Jackson said.
Wilson publicly criticizing the team’s offensive line, particularly as it pertained to the group’s pass protection, put that position group under the microscope. It’s possible that the trade for Jackson was a direct result of Wilson’s comments.
Jackson said he doesn’t feel any added pressure to perform well in 2021.
“The best thing you can do is just be yourself and work hard, take coaching and do your best,” Jackson said. “If you do everything right, if you train right, if you practice right, it’ll pay off on Sundays.
“I know this is a great group of offensive linemen. I’ve watched them play, and I’m excited to play with them because I know we can be great.”
Jackson spent his first two seasons at left guard before moving to right guard for the last five years. He’ll likely play on the left with Lewis slotted on the right side, but there could be an outside shot Lewis moves to center and Jackson plays to Wilson’s right. The team hasn’t shared where they want Jackson just yet.
“Wherever the team wants me to be, I’m for it,” he said.