It must be Friday at 5pm because the Raiders are tying up loose ends. This loose end was locking up Gabe Jackson on a 5-year extension. With Jackson heading into the final year of his rookie contract, his extension will keep him with the team through 2022.
The deal is for a reported $56 million. The $11.2 million per season average makes him the third highest paid guard in the league behind Browns Kevin Zeitler ($12 million per season) and teammate Kelechi Osemele ($11.7 million).
Jackson was the team’s pick at 81 overall in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State. The 25-year-old has been a full time starter since day one and that will continue into the forseeable future.
Of the Raiders’ elite interior offensive line along with Osemele and center Rodney Hudson, only Jackson is an original Raider and was the Raiders best interior offensive lineman a full season before either of them joined the team.
The run offense has improved the past two seasons, and was the 6th best rushing attack in football last season. The offensive line also gave up the fewest sacks (18) in the league, with Jackson not surrendering a single sack of his own.
Jackson becomes the second member of that 2014 draft class to get an extension. Derek Carr got his a week ago, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. The team exercised their 5th year option on Khalil Mack, putting him in line for an extension next offseason.