Bills running back Fred Jackson has been saying throughout the offseason that he was confident he’d reach an agreement on a new contract soon. Now the deal is done.
“The organization has done a tremendous job of keeping guys around,” Jackson said at the press conference announcing the deal. “Now it’s just about going out and playing football.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but considering that Jackson turned 31 in February, it’s probably safe to say that it will be a relatively short and inexpensive contract. Running backs on the wrong side of 30 just don’t get lucrative long-term deals in the NFL.
Jackson was having his best season as a pro in 2011, with 170 carries for 934 yards, when he was lost for the season with a fractured fibula in the Bills’ 10th game. He sees no reason he can’t have plenty more good seasons ahead of him.
“I want to play as long as possible,” Jackson said. “I don’t feel like I’m slowing down.”