Now, that the NFL shopping season has begun, we will see if those Gabe Jackson trade rumors have any legs.
It does make some sense. Jackson, 29, dealt with injuries last season and his play dipped, the Raiders could shed $9.6 million in salary-cap room (they currently have about $50 large in cap space) by trading Jackson, a third-round pick in 2014.
If there is a suitor for Jackson, what could the Raiders get back in a trade compensation?
I’d think a fourth-round pick would be the limit as trading veterans for draft picks ain’t easy.
I mean, look at the DeAndre Hopkins trade from Houston to Arizona that went down on Monday morning.
Texans will have two second round picks, a third rounder and two fourth rounders after the Hopkins trade for David Johnson in a multiple-pick package.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 16, 2020
So, I wouldn’t expect the Raiders to be able to get too much for Jackson. But for a team that has only has two day-three picks, a fourth or fifth-round pick could come in handy. The Raiders shipped guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets for a fifth-round pick last March, they also sent the Jets a sixth-round pick in the deal. Osemele was in the same situation as Jackson is now. He was a pricey 29-year-old vet coming off an injury.
If the Raiders do trade Jackson, that could mean they make Denzelle Good a full-time starter for 2020. He did a nice job as an injury replacement last season and the Raiders quickly gave him an extension this offseason.