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.