Buffalo Bills Sign an Extension with Running Back Fred Jackson

By Adam McGill

This week the Buffalo Bills made another huge off-season splash by signing a critical two-year contract extension with running back, Fred Jackson, worth around $9 million dollars. Jackson was on his way to having a career season before it was cut short when he broke a bone in his right leg in week 11, but the team still rewarded their best offensive player. Jackson still racked up a team-high 934 rushing yards in his 9½ games played in 2011 and was actually on top of the NFL before his unfortunate injury.

Jackson has lead the team in rushing each of the past three seasons and the former Division III College star has become the lifeblood of the Buffalo offense. He gives the Bills a powerful downhiller runner that they do not get with Clemson speedster, C. J. Spiller. Jackson averaged a respectable 5.5 yards per attempt last season and showed that he can handle the brunt of the team’s running attack.

Keeping Jackson in Buffalo through 2014 was the latest of general manager, Buddy Nix’s huge off-season moves and for the first time in over 20 years the Buffalo Bills are finally spending some money. The team has really tried to turn their team around and is finally giving credence to the phrase “No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills”.

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