Potential cap savings: $3 million
For all the dislike the offensive line gets as a whole (and it deserves it because the line has been terrible again this year) and each lineman gets specifically, Gabe Jackson may be one of the better linemen for the Seahawks. He is also expensive and not so good that he is worth the expense.
$3 million in savings may not be that much but Seattle doesn’t need to clear a ton of cap space to get some good players back in. With the cap space it has, just trimming those players who can still save the team a few million dollars and be replaced by someone just as good if not better is a win.
Jackson is graded as the 48th-best offensive guard in the NFL in 2021. (I know, that’s not good. But he still also is the highest-graded guard for the Seahawks overall and second place isn’t close to Jackson.) He has allowed just 2 sacks this year and committed just 3 penalties. Jackson also hasn’t missed a game.
It is a little scary to completely tear down a unit, especially like the offensive line which needs to build cohesion over seasons sometimes, but Seattle needs a re-start and Jackson simply isn’t earning the $9 million being paid to him. He earns that much in 2022 currently as well.