Just before the start of their training camp session on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with veteran running back Fred Jackson, this according to a direct release from the team.
Jackson was set to enter the final year of his current deal this season, but now he will obviously be with the club for much longer than that. And given his reliability over the years, that’s not a bad thing at all.
He has been with the Bills since the 2006 season and has notched 5,121 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. In addition to that, he’s also shown to be one of the more versatile threats in the league, gaining 2,139 yards on 256 receptions with six touchdowns.
Jackson is not the starting running back for the Bills, a distinction that belongs to C.J. Spiller, but he’s an amazing hand to have in the backfield throughout the season, which is why the Bills went out of their way to make sure a deal was set in place before the season got underway.
With the acquisition of Bryce Brown from the Eagles this offseason, Jackson’s role could be diminished even further, but being at the tail end of his career, that might not matter as much as the financial stability he could create for himself on his way out the door eventually down the road.