UPDATE: As of 7:45 p.m. EST, Fred Jackson has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.
The Buffalo Bills released Fred Jackson on Monday, but the running back is doing everything he can to not hang up his cleats yet. The Associated Press reported that Jackson was headed to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks today and hopefully sign a deal with them, which would reunite him with Marshawn Lynch.
Jackson was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Bills out of Coe College and split carries with Lynch in 2007. Since he broke into the NFL, Jackson has proven that a DIII player can make a big splash in the league. In his career with the Bills, Jackson has accumulated 5,646 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns, 2,640 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
Jackson struggled with injuries off-and-on for the last few years, but he meant so much to the Bills and the city of Buffalo. Perhaps the biggest loss out of this situation is Jackson’s veteran leadership in the locker room, but that will also be another team’s gain when they sign him.
The Bills knew that this decision might be the toughest one that they have had to make in a long time, but felt that it needed to be done. Just how tough of a decision was it? You decide.
“Today [Monday], we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement. “He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years.”
“We thank Fred for his hard work, dedication and leadership during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Fred has inspired the city of Buffalo in a number of ways. Fred and his family have been dedicated to this community, and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions through his career,” via ESPN.
Jackson is a 34-year-old running back, but he still appears to have a lot left in the tank. A glimpse of that occurred during the Bills preseason game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the Seattle Seahawks decide to sign Jackson to a deal it will benefit both the team and Lynch, and Jackson will be welcomed with open arms in a new city.