Fred Jackson says contract “not a concern” at Bills workouts

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We’ve seen plenty of players jockeying for new contracts opt out of voluntary workouts over the years.

Bills running back Fred Jackson is taking a different approach. He joined his Bills teammates as the offseason program got underway on Monday even though he has been angling for a new deal with the team for some time. Jackson claimed he wasn’t worried about the business side of things and was only upset to see the snow that dumped on the Buffalo area over the weekend.

“It’s not a concern at all for me,” Jackson said, via Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 Radio. “I’m going to continue to show up and be with my teammates and that’s what I’m doing, showing up and trying to get ready for the 2012 season. I want something done, but I’m under contract so I’ll continue to work. It’s what I do, I come to work and it’s part of what’s being voted as a captain last year, you have to show up and do things like this, you want everybody to follow the lead that you do so that’s what I’m here doing now.”

Jackson’s comfort level is likely influenced by Bills General Manager Buddy Nix’s promise that the team would give him an extension before the start of training camp. The biggest question will be how such an extension is structured.

Jackson is due to make $1.955 million this year. The Bills are in position to give him an ample raise this season, but they probably don’t want to be on the hook for too much guaranteed money in the future for a running back at Jackson’s age. Productive as he’s been over the last three years, Jackson just turned 31 and that’s a scary age for a lot of running backs. With both sides acting in good faith, it’s likely that they’ll be able to figure out something that keeps Jackson in Buffalo a while longer.

19 responses to “Fred Jackson says contract “not a concern” at Bills workouts

  1. Unfortunately for Jackson, the Bills should not extend him. From a strictly business perspective, it is not wise to give 31 year-old RBs contract extensions. Also, using your 9th overall pick on a backup RB is also not a wise business decision. Spiller proved he could carry the load last year. Time to give him the starting job while his legs are still fresh.

  2. He and Spiller are poised to be quite the duo. With Jackson as more of the workhorse, the Bills could be in a great position to use Spiller’s speed late in drives and late in games to finish off a fatigued defense.

  3. Not surprising at all, the guy has worked hard his entire life and will deserve every penny he gets. It’s a shame there aren’t more players in the NFL like him, yeah he’s old (for a rb) but this guy was going to be the MVP last year prior to his injury. The Bills offense runs through him, he makes everybody better. Good for you Freddy for doing your job, all you arrogant holdouts and hacks in the NFL, take note.

  4. gtorlone, you’re right, but you have it backwards describing the “Late in Game” usage. Spiller will see 85% of his carries between the waning seconds of the first quarter thru the end of the third. Jackson will still see ample time, but he needs to be used to set the tone, and finish teams off. This is wonderful news though, Freddie is a leader and as long as the Bills follow through, they will continue to lure FA’s to Buffalo. Everybody mentions weather as a main factor in FA’s not signing with Buffalo, but thats not the case. It was the total “Two-Faced” management style exhibited by this team through the Decade. Alot of that had to do with the absolute refusal to spend money, but that seems to have changed. If they show loyalty to a player that is showing loyalty to them, that will speak volumes around the league. There are alot more guys out there who come to work and want to be treated with respecte, then that of those who are just in it for the money. Buffalo showed they can spend the green, now return the loyalty and really help this team out!

  5. coach belichick quote- “fred jackson has always been a challenge for us to contain he is an underated back” enough said

  6. As a Pat’s fan, this guy has really tore it up the last two years…especially against our defense (insert comment about EVERYONE tearing up the Pats defense). But Freddie is a class act and great ball player. I hope the Bills and him (his agent) can work something else that makes sense for both side before the season starts.

  7. All the years of splitting carried with Marshawn Lynch helped minimize the wear and tear on Fred Jackson’s body. Even though he’s 31 (or will be), he’s still got plenty left in the tank. His injury last year was not one of breakdown. Broken bones heal and tend to be stronger than before. It’s not like he blew out his ACL and MCL. Playing 3/4 of a season then sitting with the crack fibula eliminated damage to his body. They should pay the man… He’s a veteran and a class act. He catches passes, run-blocks, and hits holes hard. He’s a great leader and role-model for Spiller.

  8. You’re a good man Fred Jackson. Business-wise it can’t be a long extension, but you can throw a little more money at him.

  9. This is why Fred Jackson is the best story in the NFL. Forget Coe College, undrafted free agent, the Arena Football minor league, NFL Europe, practice squad, etc… When was the last time you saw a player in April completely dismissed the possibility of a potential hold out in training camp? You know his agent must have been furious about that comment but Fred Jackson is a man and I’m confident Buddy will take care of him like he deserves. MVP in my book.

  10. Fred has given his all to the Bills and Nix has said a deal will get done plus Fred knows Nix is a man of his word so Fred will get the contract he deserves. Nix has had more pressing business with free agency and the draft so that’s why it will get done near training camp.

    @Tombradyallday and xxsweepthelegxx is nice to see a couple of Pat fans chime in with class. We here in Buffalo know the division goes through New England.

  11. Freddy Jackson = Class

    Jackson deserves more money and I believe Nix will stand by his word.

    As for the whole 31 year old running back and it not being a wise business decision, Its BS. Fred Jackson has a heck of a lot more left in his tank. Not only has he not been used much in his career, he keeps himself in top notch shape. His is a leader for this Bills team and will give everything he has to bring them back to the top. Expect to see him in Buffalo for at least the next three years. Spiller is good, but he is no Fred Jackson.

  12. EJ says:Apr 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    Expect to see him in Buffalo for at least the next three years. Spiller is good, but he is no Fred Jackson.
    So you are saying the Bills spent the 9th overall draft pick on RB who will not even start for at least 5 years? Given how devalued the position has become most teams wouldn’t even use their first round pick on a STARTING rb, let alone a backup.

    It’s easy to see how this team hasn’t been relevant for a decade.

  13. Both backs will see plenty of time! … both backs spread wide often & can also line-up in the slot.

    This duo is multi-faceted & lethal! … If the Bills find a deep threat to go with Stevie and David Nelson … the offensive numbers could finally add up to end the Bills playoff drought.

  14. @sterilizecromartie- with Spiller and Freddie combining for 1494yrds and a 5.4 average, why does it matter who starts? Both backs averaged over 5 yards a carry…. Pretty damn good when the league average is around 4-4.5 a carry… STOP hating am recognize Buffalo is coming up!

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