The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign former Bills running back Fred Jackson.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so the adage goes. On Monday, despite his entire running back corps being banged up, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan decided to cut ties with veteran back Fred Jackson. The move was in order to trim the team’s roster down to 75 players; Buffalo was the only franchise for whom Jackson had ever played.
Not 24 hours after Jackson had been cut loose, it appears he may already have a new home on the opposite end of the country. According to Ian Rapoport, Seattle has a strong interest in the jettisoned back, and both the Seahawks and Jackson expect to have a deal in place in the near future.
Jackson’s peak in Buffalo coincided with the team’s trading of Marshawn Lynch to Seattle. Lynch apparently has great affection for his former teammate, and would reportedly welcome Jackson with open arms.
Beyond Lynch, Seattle already boasted a rather decent backfield with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael – who has shown flashes, but been inconsistent. However, adding a back like Jackson gives the team a whole new dimension. Jackson’s production has waned in the past few seasons as a featured back, but when healthy he can still sniff the end zone (9 TDs two seasons ago) and accrue decent yardage. He and Lynch will be able to spell each other throughout the grinding season, and will present one of the league’s most formidable stables.
Should the Seahawks ink Jackson, he’ll be one more potential firework player to join Seattle this offseason – a group most notably headlined by All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham.
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