Friday is coming. Last week on Friday the Raiders officially announced Derek Carr had signed a long term extension making him the highest paid player in NFL history. This Friday, they will celebrate signing right guard Gabe Jackson long term as well, according to Ian Rapoport.
The #Raiders are doing work. They've just agreed to terms with standout G Gabe Jackson on a new contract extension, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 29, 2017
Jackson was selected with the next pick after Carr in the 2014 draft. As soon as Carr was extended, Jackson was the team’s top priority. And exactly a week later, that top priority appears to be under contract.
This is an extension as well, which means Jackson will play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2017 and begin his extension — however long that turns out to be — in 2018.
Update: The deal is for a reported $56 million over 5 years. That’s a whopping $11.2 million per season for Jackson.
Jackson moved to right guard last season after spending his first two seasons at left guard as one of the team’s best offensive linemen. The move was due to the addition of Kelechi Osemele, who stepped in at left guard. Jackson then played himself into a Pro Bowl alternate, having not given up a sack last season and helping the Raiders to the league’s 6th best rushing mark.
This deal makes Gabe Jackson the NFL’s third highest paid guard, Raiders highest paid interior offensive line.