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Report: Fred Jackson wants to keep playing

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 27:  Running back Fred Jackson #22 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Veteran running back Fred Jackson’s long run with the Bills came to an end before the start of the 2015 season when Buffalo released him in a move that came as a bit of surprise.

Jackson wound up signing with the Seahawks and saw action in every game for Seattle in both the regular season and playoffs. He didn’t see much action on the ground in those games — 29 total carries for 111 yards — even as the Seahawks dealt with injuries to both Marshawn Lynch and his replacement Thomas Rawls, but caught 36 passes in his 18 appearances with the team.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Jackson, who turned 35 on Saturday, doesn’t want that to be his swan song as an NFL player. Rapoport reports that Jackson wants to continue playing for an 11th season.

The Seahawks have Rawls under contract for next season and Christine Michael is set to be a restricted free agent after returning to the team late in the season. With Lynch retiring, they will likely be in the market for at least one more back this offseason although they may be looking for one who projects to a larger role than the one Jackson played for them last season.

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22 Responses to “Report: Fred Jackson wants to keep playing”
  1. mrbgood315 says: Feb 22, 2016 12:34 PM

    Loved all Freddy did for the city of Buffalo, through some pretty rough years. Was sad to see him go, but can’t wait to see his name up on The Ralph’s Wall of Fame in a year or two.

  2. corkspop says: Feb 22, 2016 12:46 PM

    Warrior. Could help someone as a stout backup.

  3. ohand16 says: Feb 22, 2016 12:53 PM

    He should have fresh legs after last year. 29 carries in 16 games?

  4. dohczeppelin says: Feb 22, 2016 1:00 PM

    Ah. Great player on and off the field. Fantastic locker room presence as well for the team. Embodied everything Buffalo stood for. Was a shame to see him go the way he did. The Bills front office did him dirty in that regard. Glad to see him finally get to experience the playoffs though.

    His days as a stud running back appear to have come to a close, but he’s still a good option for a 3rd down RB and as a mentor for younger players. I doubt it would happen but it would be cool to see him come back to Buffalo to fill that role, given our current troubles at the position…

  5. fanofpft says: Feb 22, 2016 1:10 PM

    If all other teams pass on him then the pats will swoop in much like they did with Steven Jackson.

  6. floratiotime says: Feb 22, 2016 1:14 PM

    Ahhh right … I forgot that all free agents have to go to the Pats.

  7. PegulaBucks says: Feb 22, 2016 1:14 PM

    they had RB injuries and he still only got 29 carries all year?

  8. EJ says: Feb 22, 2016 1:24 PM

    The Seahawks didn’t use Jackson right… they could have gotten so much more out of him had they incorporated him into the running game. I know he doesn’t have the speed he used to have, but 29 carries is ridiculous. Where Fred Jackson dominates the game is his versatility. Teams probably read right into what the Hawks were doing… anytime they seen Jackson come on to the field they must have sniffed out that a pass was coming. Jackson is not a every down back anymore, but running two back sets with fakes and sweeps and the ever now and then screen pass would have done wonders for this team! Freddy is notorious for breaking massive runs off of the screen pass… Pete Carroll is a very good coach, but he had no clue about the type of talent he had on the field this season!

  9. realityonetwo says: Feb 22, 2016 1:35 PM

    corkspop says:
    Feb 22, 2016 12:46 PM

    Warrior. Could help someone as a stout backup.

    —-

    *Could help someone as a scout team backup…

  10. tbone4444 says: Feb 22, 2016 1:42 PM

    The Seahawks didn’t use Jackson right… they could have gotten so much more out of him had they incorporated him into the running game. I know he doesn’t have the speed he used to have, but 29 carries is ridiculous. Where Fred Jackson dominates the game is his versatility. Teams probably read right into what the Hawks were doing… anytime they seen Jackson come on to the field they must have sniffed out that a pass was coming. Jackson is not a every down back anymore, but running two back sets with fakes and sweeps and the ever now and then screen pass would have done wonders for this team! Freddy is notorious for breaking massive runs off of the screen pass… Pete Carroll is a very good coach, but he had no clue about the type of talent he had on the field this season!

    Yes, Pete Carroll had no clue, top three rushing attack since he came to the Seahawks and two SB’s in the last three years….smh

  11. gfjiii says: Feb 22, 2016 1:46 PM

    Loved Fred Jackson in his best days, but if you watched him closely as a Hawks fan you could see he lacked explosion. I wanted all 28 of his carries to go to any of the other Backs. OK catching out of backfield but rarely looked like he was going to do anything special. Happens to all RBs – gotta move on…

  12. bullcharger says: Feb 22, 2016 1:54 PM

    Even as a Patriots fan, Freddy is one of my favorite players in the league. Hard working, adds value every game, good guy. I hope he catches on somewhere else.

  13. r502 says: Feb 22, 2016 2:23 PM

    Yes, Pete Carroll had no clue, top three rushing attack since he came to the Seahawks and two SB’s in the last three years….smh

    No Lynch to lean on from here on out. Don’t kid yourself, the journeymen they will have running the ball next year won’t be nearly as productive nor a high need for defenses to account for. That combined with a poor offensive line will set them back plenty. Seahag fan, the realistic ones, understand this.

  14. nookers says: Feb 22, 2016 2:39 PM

    hes good value for any team that signs him . cough .. cleveland.

  15. thebirdofprey says: Feb 22, 2016 2:50 PM

    I know he didn’t get many rushing opportunities but he was a solid 3rd down back in pass protection and he made some great catches.

    Fred Jackson may have lost some burst but you could see he was loved by the players and quality guy in every interview. Glad he got his first playoff win. Too bad the run didn’t go any deeper into the playoffs for him.

  16. fanofpft says: Feb 22, 2016 3:11 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Feb 22, 2016 1:14 PM

    Ahhh right … I forgot that all free agents have to go to the Pats.

    Reading any impending FA story on here should be a quick reminder.

  17. lastnameiswilson says: Feb 22, 2016 3:25 PM

    I know Pete and John like to keep the team young, but he would be great as a veteran presence in our locker room. Bring him back!

  18. seattlesue427 says: Feb 22, 2016 3:40 PM

    r502 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 2:23 PM

    No Lynch to lean on from here on out.
    **********
    Fans of other teams really do need to do their research before they comment. Thomas Rawls came in during Lynch’s absence and set the backfield on fire. He actually out-performed Lynch on a number of stats and he’s predicted to be a top pick in fantasy football next year. If you’re counting on Seattle falling apart for lack of a running game, better think again.

  19. maxkingpin says: Feb 22, 2016 4:38 PM

    Jackson was done before the 2015 season started and the Bills recognized that. Many people complain that the Bills did not give him an opportunity to retire a Bill but the fact he is attempting to play in 2016 proves that he wasn’t going to retire last summer.
    I remember how sad it was to see Emmitt Smith in a Cardinal uniform and Tomlinson as a Jet as well as many other former greats. Jackson should avoid that.
    I hope Jackson sees the writing on the wall and signs a one-day contract with the Bills for his proper send-ff.

  20. bigbamboom1 says: Feb 22, 2016 5:35 PM

    Easy call, the way running backs get downgraded in the draft. Either Ezekiel Elliot or Henry will likely slide to the Seahawks in the 1st round. Grab whichever is available fast! If both are there. Don’t blink an eye. Snatch Elliot. Because he is better IMO. And can catch the ball like a wide receiver. But Henry could blossom into a great pro also in that offense.

  21. gfjiii says: Feb 22, 2016 9:43 PM

    Agree – go with Zeke if available. A shorter more laterally gifted RB than Henry.

  22. wimpyburgers says: Feb 22, 2016 11:35 PM

    Seahawks have a better opportunity with FA Joique Bell

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