Raiders lock up RG Jack­son to ex­ten­sion

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Jimmy Durkin

ALAMEDA — Reggie McKen­zie crossed an­other item off his off­sea­son to-do list Thurs­day, with the Raiders and right guard Gabe Jack­son re­port­edly agree­ing to a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

The NFL Net­work’s Ian Rapoport re­ported the deal is worth $56 mil­lion over five years, which would make him the third-high­est paid of­fen­sive guard in the NFL, one spot be­hind team­mate Kelechi Osemele. ESPN, though, re­ported it’s four years and $40 mil­lion tacked on to this sea­son, which is the fi­nal year of his rookie con­tract, and that $26 mil­lion is guar­an­teed. Ei­ther way, he’s go­ing to be among the league’s high­est paid guards.

Jack­son was part of McKen­zie’s ex­cel­lent 2014 draft class that net­ted the Raiders’ Khalil Mack in the first round and quar­ter­back Derek Carr in the sec­ond. Jack­son came a round later out of Mis­sis­sippi State and has started 44 games over his first three sea­sons on the league.

The Raiders signed Carr last week to a five-year ex­ten­sion that makes him the league’s high­est-paid player at an av­er­age of $25 mil­lion. With Jack­son in place, the Raiders are ex-

pected to wait un­til next off­sea­son to sign Mack to a long-term ex­ten­sion.

The reign­ing de­fen­sive player of the year had his fifth-year op­tion picked up — some­thing avail­able only to first-round picks — so Mack is locked up through 2018. While an ex­ten­sion in the com­ing year is likely, the Raiders would also have the abil­ity to use the fran­chise tag on Mack in 2019 if it reached that point.

The Raiders had placed a pri­or­ity on get­ting Jack­son signed de­spite giv­ing out big money deals the past two years to Osemele and cen­ter Rod­ney Hud­son. McKen­zie said at last week’s news con­fer­ence to an­nounce Carr’s deal that Jack­son was his next or­der of busi­ness, and he wasted no time.

Jack­son spent the 2016 sea­son suc­cess­fully tran­si­tion­ing to right guard af­ter last year’s sign­ing of Osemele. Both play­ers were among the league’s four guards who played at least 500 pass block snaps and did not al­low a sack.

Jack­son, like Carr, would’ve be­come an un­re­stricted free agent next off­sea­son if the Raiders didn’t ex­tend him. He was due to make a base salary of $1,797,000 for the 2017 sea­son.

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