On Monday, Raiders G Gabe Jackson‘s $9.35 million salary for the 2020 season became fully guaranteed.
Jackson had come up as a trade candidate this offseason and the Raiders used a fourth-round pick on G John Simpson, which left his status with the team in question.
Jackson admitted that he was nervously waiting to find out whether he would be back with the Raiders.
“I hadn’t heard anything, and you never know,” Jackson tells Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “It was a weird feeling, but I am very happy to be back. I’m really enjoying playing with those other guys (on the line), and I know we’re going to have some fun. …
“Like Richie said, we are going be to physical and lean on people. This isn’t two-hand touch.”
Tafur reports that the Raiders attempted to shop Jackson for a mid-to-late round draft pick. However, it appears as though there wasn’t a deal to be made.
Raiders GM Mike Mayock previously said Jackson would be their starting guard.
“The future of Gabe Jackson? He’s our starting right guard,” Mayock said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “We signed Kush and we signed Devey, but both those guys can play all three interior positions. They’re inside guys and I think Gabe Jackson is our starting right guard. That’s exactly what it says.”
Jackson, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Raiders back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.952 million contract when he agreed to a new five-year, $56 million extension that included $26 million guaranteed with the Raiders in 2017.
Jackson stands to make a base salary of $9.35 million for the 2020 season.
In 2019, Jackson was limited to appearing in 11 games for the Raiders, making 11 starts for them at right guard. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 43 guard out of 83 qualifying players.