Relationship with Marshawn Lynch drives Fred Jackson to Seattle visit

AP

Yes, free-agent running back Fred Jackson is on his way to Seattle for a visit with the Seahawks. Although a league source tells PFT that there have been no contract discussions yet, both sides are indeed motivated to get something done.

As the source explained it to PFT, the primary factor in the mutual interest between the Seahawks and Jackson is the pre-existing relationship between Jackson and starting tailback Marshawn Lynch, based on their time together with the Bills.

Per the source, having Jackson in the locker room will provide the private, reclusive Lynch with another confidant, along with the comfort of knowing Jackson has Lynch’s back. Also, unlike Christine Michael and Robert Turbin, Jackson isn’t someone who would be viewed as a potential successor to Lynch.

So while the potential to get a ring is a factor, the more important factor is the chance for Jackson to finish the career the way his relationship with Lynch started, when they both were in Buffalo.

59 responses to “Relationship with Marshawn Lynch drives Fred Jackson to Seattle visit

  1. I knew you’d back off the “gonna sign him” story. A “kick the tires” visit sounds much more likely.

  2. Cool Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson story. When Marshawn Lynch arrived in Buffalo after being selected with a high 1st round pick he noticed Fred Jackson in practice. He thought to himself, “Why the hell did they draft me with Fred Jackson already here?”

    Fred Jackson often went unappreciated.

  3. Fred is a great player and even better person. As a Bills fan, I wish him and his family all the best. Seattle seems like a great place for him this year.

  4. I have a feeling this is fueled more by their desire to run from the one in the future.

  5. Fred Jackson will be productive I have no doubt about that if Seattle signs him, he would be productive on any team. I look forward to having another veteran leader.

    Christine Michael is talented as can be but Seattle’s coaching staff doesn’t trust him. He has fumbling issues but the thing is he has far more upside than Turbo. If they sign Fred they got to trade or release one of them. I hope its Turbo only because of Michael potential

  6. Good luck Fred. I hope you get to the Superbowl you have been a hard worker and you deserve it. Signed BillsFanMike

  7. So the seahawk’s are going to pay a guy millions of dollars to have a minimal to no effect on the teams success….. Just like their QB.

    #wasteofmoney

  8. “Having Jackson in the locker room will provide the private, reclusive Lynch with another confidant,”
    *********************
    Not buying that as a factor. Marshawn is not a recluse just because the media can’t get him to say stupid stuff. I watched him everyday in camp engaging in multiple animated conversations with numerous players on his team.

    That is just a myth. If Fred is signed, it will be at the expense of either Knowles or Smith, who will expose one of them to getting cut. The other one would go on the practice squad. I think they’ll keep Turbin and Michael.

  9. The Seahawks would be crazy to get rid of Turbo (Turbin to non-Hawk fans). Robert Turbin is a serious force inside the locker room. I expect them to let Christine Michael go. He’ll catch on with a team that likes speedy backs and he’ll become the RB he was always meant to be. If it was up to me the top four on the RB chart would be Lynch, Jackson, Turbin, and Rawls. Tommy (Thomas) Rawls hasn’t exactly shined in the offseason but he has the most Beast Mode-esque physical abilities. Given time to grow he seems like the best fit as a long-term replacement at starter. So, this year will be a Lynch-Jackson duo. Next year we’ll see Robert Turbin as the starter if Lynch retires. And Rawls will have to work hard to supplant him. But that’s how I see it in this, the 4th week of the preseason (a time for hope and crazy dreams).

  10. The whole Washington Redskin organisation is CONCUSSED
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    firstly, why make this statement on a Seattle Seahawks story?? dont get me wrong, i agree with you and feel the Redskins are going to get the first overall pick in the draft by starting Cousins and going 4 and 12 (or worse), but it’s a Seahawks story.

    as for Jackson, honestly, i feel he should go to a team like Carolina who could use a backup to injury prone Stewart, BUT Seattle is also a great place to go.

  11. So Fred is Marshawn’s security blankie? Wouldn’t it be cheaper if Seattle just bought a nice warm fuzzy blankie instead? Those fleeced ones are pretty warm. LOL!

  12. Fred is one of the true great men in the NFL, and we will NEVER forget him here in Buffalo.

    His name will be on our ring of fame soon.

  13. Yea I love fred jackson and I think the Bills should have given him a chance to retire as a Bill. But the problem is any team signing him will know he has lost a step, and they will have to let go a younger back who may be able to add more value on special teams than fred can at this point. Sadly this is the final stage of a good running backs NFL career. Its just numbers and value, and I will be a little surprised if they sign him.

  14. Love seeing the Respect and knowledge from the Bills faithful on here. This Hawks fan will root for the ole Bills in the AFC. Hope we can get your boy Fred a Ring.

  15. Rumor has it Turbin is dinged up. That’s the impetus behind the theory that the Seahawks were going to sign Jackson. Haven’t heard anything in the last hour, though.

  16. When Lynch was at Buffalo, nobody ever heard of him….average at best. When he went to Seattle and met Pete (the “Lance Armstrong of the NFC West”) Carroll, suddenly he was a Pro Bowl back.

    Maybe Jackson will discover Pete’s special Skittles brew for performance improvement.

  17. They weren’t going to run it from the 1 in the SB no matter who they had, even Lynch, obviously. I thought they should have too but coaches say no way that passing was smarter. Fred will be a solid add

  18. @ jabooin44

    “Would love to see this happen (Not a Hawks fan)”

    Me too. (faithful Seahawks fan since 1976)

  19. dwoofer says:

    When Lynch was at Buffalo, nobody ever heard of him….average at best. When he went to Seattle and met Pete (the “Lance Armstrong of the NFC West”) Carroll, suddenly he was a Pro Bowl back.

    Maybe Jackson will discover Pete’s special Skittles brew for performance improvement.
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    Yeah, that’s why he was a mid 1st round pick. Because he was average.

  20. No harm going to where Jackson has a friend. It’s not likely with his age the contract offers will vary that much.

    As for the young guys on Seattle’s roster, I would bet they try to trade one instead of cutting him if Jackson is signed.

    On need alone, maybe it’s Michael or Turbin for Mackenzy Bernadeau? Listed as a G, he could (and has) played C. Bernadeau has a base of 1.5m with about 500k in escalators but would be UFDA in ’16 at age 30.

  21. I would like if he signed with the Raiders. He plays the game hard AND the right way. Plus he could mentor the young Latavious and he a leader in a young locker room.

  22. Wonder what kind of run he’ll get here? Haven’t heard or kept up much with FJ in a few years. Does he have much left? Is he lock at 2 on the depth chart or does Turbo push him for that spot if we sign him? btw we’re not gonna keep 4 backs. I don’t see that happening and I already liked the Rawls kid and still think Christine Michael is gonna be special (eventually). Gonna be a some tough decisions for our front office if we sign him………

  23. ‘dwoofer’ – Perhaps Lynch was unheard of while in Buffalo because he was IN BUFFALO. One thing about Pete, he has a LOT of publicity contacts in LA. Turning his players into ‘Rockstars’ is something he knows how to do…

    And if (by the ‘Skittles brew’ comment) you are suggesting Pete is somehow cheating, then you’re only embarrassing yourself. His philosophies and practices have been (literally) open-book for nearly 2 decades of unprecedented success.

  24. ARTICLE: “Per the source, having Jackson in the locker room will provide the private, reclusive Lynch with another confidant, along with the comfort of knowing Jackson has Lynch’s back.”

    This a grown man (Lynch) we are talking about, right?

    Christ – is Freddy also bringing him a nappy blankey and lullabies as well ?

  25. Seattle fans, you will love Fred. The last few years, when everyone (including myself) figured Fred’s career MUST be winding down, he constantly proved us wrong. He’s obviously can’t play forever, but in the right role (which this seems like) he’ll be a very valuable player. Great pass blocker, fights for impossible yards. You may even see what looks like a catastrophic knee injury, only to then see Fred come back out two plays (or if its really bad, one week) later.

  26. qdog112 says:
    Sep 1, 2015 10:41 AM

    Not buying that as a factor. Marshawn is not a recluse just because the media can’t get him to say stupid stuff. I watched him everyday in camp engaging in multiple animated conversations with numerous players on his team.
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    Agreed 100%. I knew Marshawn back in college at CAL and have worked with him on several charity events. He’s very engaging, funny as hell, and loves life. His teammates love him as he’s very loyal to them. That Jackson would willingly sign with a team that already has an established running back speaks volumes about Lynch’s good character.

  27. pedmeg says:
    Sep 1, 2015 11:59 AM
    ARTICLE: “Per the source, having Jackson in the locker room will provide the private, reclusive Lynch with another confidant, along with the comfort of knowing Jackson has Lynch’s back.”

    This a grown man (Lynch) we are talking about, right?

    Christ – is Freddy also bringing him a nappy blankey and lullabies as well ?

    Who wrote that crap? Lynch is FAR from reclusive, haha.

  28. That the thing about us Bill’s Fans….

    We LOVE OUR PLAYERS. We do NOT ROOT FOR LAUNDRY. Fred will always be loved and respected by us Bills Fans. No matter where he lands, we will wish him the best. There’s only 1 player in the history of the team that us fans were happy to see go, and that person is Willis McGahee. Any other player that ever donned a bills uni, will be a Bill for life, and will be respected by us fans. That’s why we are the best fans in the NFL, we root for players, not laundry!

  29. For those who don’t know….Fred can do it all. He run, return kicks and punts, play special teams, he CAN BLOCK on 3rd and long….He can even line up split wide. He’s a true athlete

  30. If they are going to get rid of Michael then they are going to trade him. Cleveland and Houston are both looking for something better so there is a market for a high upside back like Christine.

  31. “That’s why we are the best fans in the NFL, we root for players, not laundry!”

    Not sure that’s really the definition of a great fan. I’m a Seahawks’ fan. I’ve been a fan since it was Jim Zorn and Steve Largent filling the uniforms. I’ve enjoyed watching and rooting for Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, Ken Easley, Cortez Kennedy, Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander, and many, many others over the years. Right now I’m enjoying having Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and all their teammates playing for the Seahawks. But after they’re all gone, I’ll still be a Seahawks fan and rooting for whoever is filling the uniform at that time. Sounds like soon I’ll be adding Fred Jackson to the list of those filling the Seahawks uniform that I’ll be cheering on.

  32. As a Bills fan all I can say is our loss is the Seahawks gain. Make sure to tell Pete to sign this guy. It will one of the best acquisitions of Pete’s carrier. Fred can run, receive (led the Bills in both categories last year), one of the best blocking backs ever (seen him take on guys twice his size mostly with success) and most of all a true team leader and positive roll model for the kids…and we could use more of that in pro sports…..

  33. marvsleezy says: Sep 1, 2015 10:40 AM

    They should both still be in Buffalo – what did they get for Marshawn, a 4th rounder
    ……………………
    A part of me just died reflecting on the fact they could (should) have had those guys the last 5 seasons. Of course, given the coaching staffs they’ve had in that time- probably wouldn’t have made a difference anyway.

    Thanks for running Marshawn out, Buddy Nix & Chan Gailey.

  34. So while the potential to get a ring is a factor, the more important factor is the chance for Jackson to finish the career the way his relationship with Lynch started, when they both were in Buffalo.

    Really the more important factor is a relationship over money and superbowl? Really?

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