Jackson a one-year player with the Seahawks? Why not? Last March Seattle acquired Jackson for a fifth-round choice in the 2021 NFL draft. Jackson has been one of the better parts of the Seattle offensive line this year. What does that mean? Nothing. The line was terrible again and, per Pro Football Focus, Jackson ranked as just the 48th-best guard in the league.
Basically, the best part of Jackson this season is he was healthy for every game in 2021 until Week 18. In fact, in the last two years Jackson has missed zero games for either Seattle or his former team, the Las Vegas Raiders. Health is very important for offensive linemen because cohesion is a must on the unit.
So why trade Jackson? Other than his health, he hasn’t been that good. More importantly, when Seattle added him the team moved Damien Lewis to the left side and Lewis has taken a huge step back in his second season. As a right guard in his rookie year in 2020, Lewis was pretty good.
Trading Jackson – maybe for a fifth-round pick – means Lewis can move back to the right side where he is better. Lewis could hold down that spot for the next 8 years. Jackson will be 31 years old when the 2022 season starts and has far fewer seasons left to play. Then Seattle could insert Phil Haynes into the left guard spot and Haynes has been pretty good there in limited snaps.