5. Gabe Jackson, OG, Raiders
Prior to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell forecasted a trade, in which the Browns would make a draft pick swap with the Raiders. There was also a player coming to Cleveland in that deal, though, and his name is Gabe Jackson.
Jackson was a 2014 draft pick, who’s played in 83 games throughout his career. The 28-year-old was pretty dependable a season ago, committing just four penalties while surrounding five sacks in 707 offensive snaps.
Well, a trade didn’t go down, and that looks like a wise decision on the Browns part, because Jackson looks like a prime candidate to get cut. It’s not that he’s a bad player, it’s that he’s making too much money and the Raiders took Clemson’s John Simpson in the fourth round. There’s been some talk that Simpson could step in and start, which makes Jackson even more expendable.
The Raiders did try and deal Jackson, putting him on the block, but other teams correctly realized the veteran could be had if they just waited Las Vegas out.
Additionally, the Raiders house Denzelle Good, Jordan Devey and former Brown Eric Kush on the roster.
Las Vegas would save over $9 million outright by simply filing the paperwork and releasing Jackson.
Considering the Browns uncertainty at the position, Jackson would be a major get for the line, especially considering he’s only 28.