Can’t miss player 2: Gabe Jackson, left guard
Let’s just get the offensive line all straightened out from the get-go. Russell Wilson specifically put a spotlight on this position grouping. This was the area he demanded to see significant upgrades.
Fortunately, the offensive trenches are where there is going to be a plethora of talent hitting free agency. Lots of very talented players will cut, released or traded due to the salary cap constraints.
Seattle is getting so damn lucky with the timing of this. And honestly, it’s about time they get some luck on their side with the offensive lines.
Gabe Jackson is about as dependable of an offensive lineman as they come. He has ranked in the top 20 guards every single year he has played (2014 – present). He played only two seasons at left guard. In those two seasons, he ranked in the top 10 for all guards across the league.
Last season, Jackson played 1062 snaps for the Raiders. He allowed only 3 penalties and zero sacks. That is the kind of protection Wilson will truly appreciate.
As I mentioned in the opening of the article, some of the position groupings are very saturated in free agency. The guard position is one of those. This helps a lot.
A guard worth $10 million APY, like Jackson, will likely be available for considerably less. Granted, it will likely have to be a one-year contract because that player will want to be paid his worth as the dust settles from the pandemic salary cap shrink.
Suggested contract: 1 year, $5 million.