It was an interesting offseason for veteran guard Gabe Jackson.
First, it was reported that the Las Vegas Raiders would release Jackson to free up salary cap space, but instead of that happening, the Raiders and Seahawks worked out a deal that sent him to Seattle in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
And while Jackson wasn't sure what his future held heading into the offseason, he's excited about where he landed once the dust had settled.
"All I know is I'm excited to join the 12s and meet my other brothers," Jackson said from Starkville, Mississippi on a video call with Seattle reporters, adding he's excited about, "the team, the players that I know are there, the coaching staff, the fan base, the 12s. I remember playing against them and how loud it gets there. They win. I want to be a part of an organization that's like that."
After spending his first seven seasons with the Raiders, where he started 99 out of 100 games played, Jackson is looking forward to fresh start for the first time in his NFL career.
"It almost feels like draft day, I feel like I'm a rookie all over again," he said. "I get to go somewhere and meet new people, and just start over."
Jackson started his career at left guard, then after two seasons he moved to right guard. It's not clear yet if the Seahawks plan to move him back to the left side, or to ask Damien Lewis, last year's starting right guard, to move to the left side, but regardless of where he ends up—Jackson said those conversations haven't happened with coaches yet—he'll be comfortable either way.
"You always have to get used to whatever side you're on, it's a switch-up, of course," he said. "Your body adjusts and learns ways of movement. But it's doable, and whatever the team wants me to do, the coach wants me to do, I'm for it."
But while Jackson hasn't yet determined with coaches which spots he'll call home, he has had conversations with most of the offensive coaching staff and several players, including Russell Wilson, Duane Brown and Lewis. Asked about his chat with his new quarterback, Jackson said, "He was excited. I don't know if he was excited as me, but we're both excited to work together."
Jackson, who was named the Raiders' Ed Block Courage Award winner for the way he overcame a 2019 knee injury, says toughness is one of his best traits.
"Physical, tough," he said when asked to describe his play. "I like to describe myself as tough as nails, because no matter what happens, I'm going to make sure I try to push through as much as possible. And I just want to win."