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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Should Fred Jackson come back to Buffalo?

Should Fred Jackson come back to Buffalo?

Should the Bills Bring back Fred Jackson
Publish Date: 06/06/2017
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 29: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs for a 41 yard gain during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 29, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Pittsburgh 43-19. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Wouldn’t this move make die hard Buffalo Bills fans happy. Fred Jackson return back to Western, New York to play just one more season with the team that drafted him in 2007. Jackson wasn’t always the best player on the field for the Bills but he sure had the most passion out of every other player on the field.

In his eight seasons with the Bills, he rushed for 5,646 yards and 30 touchdowns. During his time with them, he split reps between Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller but he outlasted them as he stayed on the team the longest out of the three. In 2015, it was a surprising move when the Bills decided to cut him. While it hurt, it was best for business. The Bills had acquired LeSean McCoy and had a young impressive Mike Gillislee on their roster so Jackson being cut seemed to make sense.

Jackson later went on to sign with the Seattle Seahawks and team up with former teammate Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was the main back in Seattle but having Jackson provided depth. Jackson rushed for only 100 yards for the Seahawks and no touchdowns in 2015. In 2016, Jackson didn’t play for any team and stayed a free agent.

It was reported that Jackson still wants to play another season even though he 36 years old. With the Bills having a star back in McCoy but almost no depth behind him, Jackson could potentially take the role as the backup if Jonathan Williams can’t produce. Obviously a 36 year old back isn’t what teams want, but Jackson can once again become the leader of the team.

Could we see him sign with the Bills?

If you want to live in fantasy land, then yes but the reality is no. It would be nice to see him back wearing #22 in Buffalo but the NFL is a business and you have to think with your head, not your heart. I think the only way you see Jackson in Buffalo is if he signs a one-day deal to retire as a Bill.

I’m not saying it wouldn’t be nice to see him play one more season with the Bills, but head coach Sean McDermott wants to build his team to win. Signing a 36 year old running back is not the way to go. Jackson has nothing else left to prove in Buffalo. He was the heart and soul for the longest time for Buffalo. Fans will always remember him and he doesn’t need to prove anything else in Buffalo.

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