The Raiders just re-signed Denzelle Good to a one-year deal via the team’s official website. The guard played solidly when called up, but what does his new contract mean to incumbent Gabe Jackson ahead of Las Vegas.
Before the 2019 season, Good joined the Raiders on a 1-year deal. His salary was a reflection of how the team saw him, a backup. On the other hand, Jackson was homegrown and the team thought his play had warranted a second contract, which paid the former second round pick based on how the team thought he would play in future years. It hasn’t been the case and needed to miss games last season due to injuries.
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This past year, Jackson couldn’t play in three matches and Good took his place, whom Pro Football Focus gave an overall grade of 62.2 in 2019. Even though he wouldn’t be confused with a Pro Bowler anytime soon, he played good (no pun intended) enough to get a new contract.
It’s only a small sample, but why not have both guards compete and if Jackson, who had a 62.9 PFF grade himself, loses, cut him. He just hasn’t played on par with his salary and hasn’t received any accolades for his performance. Back when the guard signed his second contract, he was paid at that time, the third highest figure for a guard and regardless of the reason, Las Vegas can get a better return for their money.
Working in Jackson’s favor, the Raiders will have around $70 million, which means Las Vegas can absorb his salary. They could hope this is the year the guard joins the upper linemen echelon or not as he has failed to do in the last three years.
At this point, nothing is certain, the Raiders could keep both guards and have them compete this upcoming training camp. Jackson could be asked to take a salary cut. All we know so far is that we will see Denzelle Good in Las Vegas
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