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Oakland Raiders guard Gabe Jackson agrees to extension

Oakland Raiders guard Gabe Jackson agrees to extension”

The Oakland Raiders continue to lock up their young talent that helped transform the perennially struggling club into a victor recently, signing offensive guard Gabe Jackson to a five-year deal, according to a report from ESPN. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so. ESPN's Adam Schefter, though, reported it's four years and $40 million tacked on to this season, which is the final year of his rookie contract.

He isn't the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise.

"We figured out a way to do it", Carr said, "so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization".

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

Jackson, 25, transitioned to right guard after the team acquired Kelechi Osemele in free agency last offseason.

The deal includes $26 million in guaranteed money, according to Spotrac.

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NFL Network Insider Ian Rappoport was the first to report the deal between Oakland and Jackson was complete.

Gabe Jackson has yet to go to his first Pro Bowl, but the Raiders are showing they believe he ranks among the NFL's best guards.

The deal with Jackson comes just a week after the Raiders locked up quarterback Derek Carr with a five-year, $125 million package.

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