Offensive guard Gabe Jackson is leaving the Raiders after seven seasons. He joined the Seahawks following a trade from Las Vegas.
“It’s a fresh start,” Jackson said Tuesday, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT. “It almost feels like draft day, you know. I feel like I’m a recruit again, going somewhere, meeting new people and starting all over again.
The Raiders were initially planning to release Jackson if a business didn’t grow, with Jackson expected to make a base salary of $ 9.35 million and count $ 9.6 million against the cap in 2021.
“Honestly, I don’t know exactly,” Jackson said when asked to be a victim with a salary cap. “It was part of it, but I won’t really go into detail. I know it’s a business, you know, so it worked both ways.
The Seahawks send their 2021 fifth-round pick to the Raiders as part of the deal for Jackson. They also reworked his contract, Jackson revealed, likely lowering his cap count for this season.
“I mean, there have been a few changes,” Jackson said. “In fact, I had a contract a little longer than in Vegas. It’s not too much of a difference with that. Just a little extension. ”
It was actually more than a “little extension”. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Seahawks gave Jackson a three-year extension of $ 22.575 million, with a signing bonus of $ 9 million. Jackson gets $ 7,075 million in additional guarantees.
Jackson started 99 games in seven seasons with the Raiders, so he brings a lot of experience with him to his new team. It will make Russell Wilson happy after the quarterback starts the offseason with a directive for the Seahawks to better protect him.