According to the Athletic, the best move of the offseason for the Seattle Seahawks is trading for Gabe Jackson. It’s hard to argue with that. Russell Wilson has rightfully complained that since he started playing for Seattle in 2021 he gets hit too much. Jackson should definitely help fix that.
The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar writes that
"If Jackson performs like an above-average guard this season, and the rest of the group stays steady throughout the year, then maybe Wilson won’t lament getting hit too much in the 2022 offseason"
And Jackson should perform well. First, he will stay on the right side at guard as second-year guard Damien Lewis flips to the left side. The combination on the left side of Lewis and left tackle Duane Brown should be one of the better combos in the NFL. Jackson solidifies the interior of the right as well and should help right tackle Brandon Shell with a veteran presence.
Jackson will be 30 years old when the 2021 season begins but this is not old for an interior lineman who relies more on strength instead of speed and quickness like a tackle. Jackson is also a big man at 340 pounds.
Gabe Jackson makes the Seahawks a better team
Jackson stays healthy as he played all 16 games In 2020 and besides missing five games in 2019 has not missed more than three in any other season since 2015. Unlike Iupati who always seemed week-to-week, Jackson can be assumed to start every game and play at a high level.
Jackson also doesn’t normally have dumb penalties. In 2020, Jackson had just two penalties called against him. Every year but in 2017 (with five penalties), Jackson has had four or fewer in a season.
My point in all this is that Gabe Jackson is a good trade of the Seahawks, who gave up just a fifth-round pick to get him from the Raiders because adding Jackson should assure Russell Wilson gets hit less. He should also help open holes for Chris Carson. Jackson is a good player and will the Seahawks a better team.