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Buddy Nix suggests No. 1 tailback job is wide open

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Bills G.M. Buddy Nix joined PFT Live on Friday to talk primarily about the team’s biggest free-agency acquisition since true free agency arrived in 1993, which coincided with the last of the team’s four Super Bowl appearances.

But we also addressed the status of veteran running back Fred Jackson.  Nix said that Jackson will be offered an extension, because he deserves one.  “The only negative with Fred is the route he’s come and he’s got some age on him,” Nix said, adding that the goal is to get it done before going to training camp in July.

So who will be the No. 1 tailback at camp, Jackson or C.J. Spiller?

“Well, that’s gonna be for them to decide,” Nix said.

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19 Responses to “Buddy Nix suggests No. 1 tailback job is wide open”
  1. cjepp says: Mar 16, 2012 3:08 PM

    Before, I never trusted the Bills FO, but after the Mario deal. I am starting to trust them more than I do the players opinions on roster moves. So far so good by the Bills brass.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    Did he watch Fred Jackson play last year?

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    This is going to be a fun team to watch next year.

  4. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 16, 2012 3:12 PM

    As it should be. Spiller will be just as good as Fred, if not better. This season will be a two-back system with Spiller getting the keys next season. See, 5 years ago, is all we did is replace guys, now we have roster depth and replace from within. Buffalo is on the ups.

  5. pbanach01 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:18 PM

    I hope Bills do a three year deal for freddie with some options in it. I think he definitely has some good years ahead especially because he has not been the premiere back for that long in his career (legs). That being said I think C.J. is the future and played great when freddie went down along with proving he can be a valuable receiver from the slot, backfield or even wideout before then. Regardless of who wins the number one spot they will both get touches, hopefully enough to satisfy both players.

  6. majbobby says: Mar 16, 2012 3:26 PM

    As it should be. honestly I think the Freddy extension should happen AFTER they extend Levitre and Byrd.

  7. pinball123 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:28 PM

    One player I feel sorry for is Jackson – they have underpaid him for 2 seasons and now “he has some age”? Nature of the business I guess – but there’s no way they offer him #1 money even though he’s been that for 2 years…saying the job is open is a complete and total negotiation – we’re offering you a contract extension to compete for a #1 job…we’re not extending you at #1 back money. He should be given a low end #1 contract, because he has some age on him…but this will be the cheap Bills with jackson. It had to hurt seeing the truck load Willimas just got and knowing they are going to low ball you…RB shelf life is just plains small…great back for the Bills, buit on his way out as he has no leverage with the team now.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 16, 2012 3:35 PM

    You wouldn’t be exaggerating if you said Buffalo’s offense FELL OFF THE FACE OF THE PLANET after Fred Jackson was injured last season. The guy never seems to get the respect he deserves.

  9. marvsleezy says: Mar 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Freddie may as well test the market after next year – It wont be great for a man of his age – But make the Bills sweat it out for not showing just a little more respect.

    When Nix says they will make the offer, id expect it to be something in the low ball range.

  10. mmarm300 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:54 PM

    Don’t feel bad for Freddie Jackson. The Bills were the only team out there to give him a shot. Fred is a great running back but he’s getting older and you’re paying $20 mil to CJ. That being said I hope they sign him.

  11. downslide33 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:58 PM

    I love Fred as a back, but if I were running the Bills, Id move on from him. I’d bring in someone cheaper and younger.

    Buff used the 7th overall pick on Spiller. It’s his time now.

  12. jollyrob68 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    Trade CJ to Steelers along with a 2nd & Cam Thomas for Mike Wallace.

  13. EJ says: Mar 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    Fred Jackson should be going into the season as the #1 back. CJ Spiller showed that he can get the job done but, he is no Freddy Jackson. Fred is a much better pass protector, is a huge threat in screens and doesn’t go down after the first or even second defender touches him. CJ is a burner, If he catches open field, he’s gone, but doesn’t break many tackles. Spiller is the future Franchise tailback, but for now I think you let Jackson give what he has left.

    I agree with pinball123. Buddy Nix is using the “Well, that’s gonna be for them to decide,” so that he doesn’t have to pay Freddy what he deserves, which is #1 money. Smart, but cruel, way cruel.

    Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia #BillsNation

  14. granadafan says: Mar 16, 2012 4:43 PM

    This is why drafting running backs top 10 is not worth it.

  15. kgunforhire says: Mar 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    I understand the hesitation with Jackson coming off an injury but he is their best back. He has endured two 1st rd picks in Lynch and Spiller and has out produced them easily. It’s a shame because he’s worth more than what they’re paying Spiller. It stinks that he it’s so late in the game for him but being that he still has fresh NFL legs, 3 year deal as the featured back is very appropriate. The games against the Pats and Eagles said it all about the type of player he is.

  16. yanksbills says: Mar 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    A competition between 2 #1 tailbacks? Count me interested, this is only a good thing.

    I don’t have to guess that they both want the job, they both want the money, and they’re both willing to work their bums off to show us all how good they are.

    Not quite the conundrum as has been suggested.

  17. dtjano says: Mar 16, 2012 8:45 PM

    Seems as if Gailey had something against Spiller. Didn’t use him til Jackson went down. Then when Spiller was the best player on the Bills offense he found touches for Tashard Choice.

  18. ralphwilsonisrich says: Mar 16, 2012 10:48 PM

    And they will draft another one

  19. applecool1981 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:58 AM

    dtjano says: Mar 16, 2012 8:45 PM

    “Seems as if Gailey had something against Spiller. Didn’t use him til Jackson went down. Then when Spiller was the best player on the Bills offense he found touches for Tashard Choice.”

    Gailey’s had nothing against Spiller; heck, two years ago he named him the starting week one running back despite the fact that Freddy was much better than him. If anything, he and Nix had something against Jackson; it took Freddy verbally going off to the media and going short of demanding a trade after a preseason game this last season where Spiller again was appointed because the starter despite doing nothing to earn it. Jackson then went all berserk and was the best back in the NFL before his injury; Spiller had done nothing to deserve any real playing time let alone over Jackson who was a beast.

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