NFL: Oakland Raiders agree to terms with Gabe Jackson

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 11: Gabe Jackson
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 11: Gabe Jackson /

Oakland is on their way to leading the NFL in cap money spent this offseason

One week after making quarterback Derek Carr the highest paid player in NFL history the Oakland Raiders are back at it with the checkbook.

Offensive lineman Gabe Jackson has reportedly signed a new contract with the Raiders to remain one of the primary blockers for the $125 million man under center.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rappoport was the first to report the deal between Oakland and Jackson was complete. It’ll last five seasons and be worth $56 million, though the official terms aren’t offical.

The deal currently stands to make Jackson the second-highest paid guard behind only Kevin Zeitler.

Oakland drafted Jackson in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, and the guard has been a tremendous value pick. Pro Football Focus ranked Jackson the 22nd best offensive guard last season and the 16th best run blocker.

With Marshawn Lynch now with his hometown Raiders, Jackson will have some tremendous opportunities to block downfield for the powerback.

Jackson hasn’t missed a start in the last two seasons after appearing in 13 his rookie year for the Raiders.

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Like Carr, Jackson’s contract is likely structured to save money once the team relocates to Las Vegas in a couple of years.

Now for the Raiders comes a contract extension for pass rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper, though they may not come until next season. The former Alabama receiver Cooper has over 2,000 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons since the Raiders drafted him.