Fred Jackson has “an assurance” from the Bills

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Fred Jackson’s rise to the upper echelon of NFL running backs has been accompanied by a desire for a new contract, but he hasn’t been able to get the Bills to see things his way.

The day that Jackson’s wallet sees a reward for his labor could be coming. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Radio reports that Jackson said Wednesday that he has spoke to G.M. Buddy Nix three weeks ago and received “an assurance” that they are open to restructuring his contract. Jackson is making $1.75 million this year and is set to make $1.83 million next season.

“It was probably around three weeks ago,” said Jackson. “I just went in, just to talk to him. He let me know that he was thinking about me, but they just had some other stuff that they had to take care of first. I’ve got a lot of faith in him and that’s what I’ll continue to do. Just put my faith in him and see what happens.”

The Bills have taken care of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and, as PFT reported in the wake of that deal, they want to get deals done with kicker Rian Lindell and offensive lineman Erik Pears as well. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is also set to become a free agent after the season.

There’s no reason to believe that the Bills made such an assurance with anything other than good faith, but there’s a long history of players winding up upset when a contract extension they believe they’ve been promised fails to materialize. Osi Umenyiora’s ongoing feud with the Giants was created by just such an alleged assurance, so it would be premature to say that all will wind up being well between the Bills and Jackson on the contract front.

22 responses to “Fred Jackson has “an assurance” from the Bills

  1. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

  2. The feel good story of the NFL season. Jackson deserves some serious $$$.


  3. And quietly the Bills are becoming a solid team. Defense could use some work still, but seriously who doesn’t love seeing this perennial underdog win? They’ve also been a lot classier about their newfound success than the Lions. Just sayin.

  4. Buddy Nix isn’t stupid. Fred Jackson is one of the biggest fan favorites in the league. There’s not a single Bills fan (or NFL fan) that doesn’t love this guy and doesn’t think he deserves a restructured deal. The Bills may have the upper hand in nagotiations but Jackson has the support of the fans, which does carry a lot of weight. Just pay the man and lets move on.

  5. An assurance is the way NFL front offices say “no” during the season when it would distract the player otherwise and potentially lower his incentive to play hard for them.

  6. Pay the man, again the heart n soul of our team, spiller pick is a disaster , great blocker , receiver , strong runner. Once again fredex MVP?

  7. Fitz, Pears, Lindell & Williams but not Johnson & Jackson..this smells funny & familiar! !!

  8. It’s really hard to justify doing anything about a player still under contract for another full season when you have a starting RT, Kicker and #1 WR that need new contracts by the end of the season, especially because he just signed his current contract a little over a year ago.

    He needs a pay increase but I wouldn’t expect it till the offseason if I were him, and rightfully so.

  9. Every NFL team is hesitant to give a big deal to RB’s in today’s NFL. Three-four year shelf life, if that. And there’s just so many guys out there that can get the job done. Maybe not at a Jackson level, but at a value level.

    Being a “fan favorite” doesn’t matter to the business side of things. Other things to consider: Spiller is getting paid right now. How much would you want tied up in to your back field?

    If I was Nix I’d offer a middle of the road contract so he can say it was offered. Jackson knows RB’s don’t get paid anymore and he should take it. If he continues to play at this level for another season, hold out for full market value.

    As a Jets fan I hope this guy gets paid, he deserves it.

  10. Did you say “winding up?” What professional writer outside of Texas (Old Mexico) or Ohio uses the term “winding up?” Hilarious.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  11. Considering that Jackson is already on the wrong side of 30 years old, even if he gets a pay raise I wouldn’t expect it to be much, nor would I expect the Bills to be exactly hell-bent on keeping him around beyond the end of his current deal, for the same reason the Chargers kicked LT to the curb – the risk of injury and/or performance dropoff for an RB that old is just too great.

    I’m afraid Jackson is going to go down as one of those players who’s worth a lot more than he actually got paid, due basically to bad luck and bad timing.

  12. I saw oj, thurman and travis and fred is.right with them boys reminds me of Robert Smith & Marcus Allen! !!!!

  13. a lot of people don’t watch the Bills weekly, but I watch a lot of football and am a Bills fan, and this guy is the real deal. He’s been there, with 1st rd picks like Lynch & spiller, and has always been the best player on that team for several years. If u get the chance to watch him play, take it in. He’s the ultimate football player and seemingly cannot be stopped this season

  14. Pay Jackson. Pay Lindell. Even Pears, as long as the O-line stays good.

    Maybe let Stevie test the waters a little bit. The jury is out on him still.

    Cut Merriman. He was worth a shot, but it didn’t work out. /shrug

  15. This should honestly be a tough situation for the bills. Not because of Spiller being young and his draft status, but more so because of his age and the money. Fred Jackson has always been good, but he just recently started being called “elite”. Yes, he is a fan favorite, but this guy is 30 years old, which is usually the equivalent to death of production for a running back. This could could backfire badly on the Bills if they give him a big contract with 4 or 5 years and a lot of guaranteed money, and then after a year or two have his age catch up to him and kill production. Clinton Portis I believe is a good example of this, and he was a good 2-4 years younger than Jackson is now back when he signed the extension.

  16. I’d like to see the Bills reward Jackson with a long-term deal so that the they can be stuck with a geriatric running back for the next few years.

    The guy has been good for a few years now, but he turns 31 in February. What’s he have left, another year?

  17. Pats fans know who this guy is…he got our attention the last meeting of 08 when he ran wild over the Pats. He’s always come across as a first class guy too. Great team and league representative as well as a great story.

  18. Fred is top notch. I’ve been to several Bills games over the last 2 years- after he scores and is at the bench area, he is with the o-line congratulating and thanking them. That’s the kind of behavior that is lost in the shuffle.

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