Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jackson 'one step closer' to being a Bill for life


Running back Fred Jackson just wants to finish his career as a Buffalo Bill. The team helped facilitate that dream Wednesday, re-upping the 33-year-old veteran's contract through the 2015 season.

"I’m one step closer to being able to finish my career in Buffalo," Jackson said, via the Buffalo News. "That’s what I always wanted to do.

"Usually when guys get my age they’re ready to kind of shut it down and not come out here and get beat up like we do in training camp. But I wake up every day and I love it ... I don’t want that to end any time soon so I’m going to continue to work and show I can still compete at a high level."

His extension is reportedly for $2.6 million in 2015, putting his total earnings somewhere north of $5 million between now and the end of next season. The power back has been at the core of Buffalo's leadership for some time now, and his hard work and dedication is something Doug Marrone is happy to have around for more than just the season at hand.

"I love Fred,” the sophomore coach said, via "I think Fred’s been a great pro. In my time here with him he’s been a very good leader and very productive. I’m excited about him. I heard the news coming here. I just heard that now and I’m happy for Fred and I’m happy for his family."

Jackson has amassed more than 5,100 yards on the ground since his start with the Bills in 2007 and is third on the team's all-time list behind Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson.  

Follow Dan @DanBegnoche
Follow AFC East Daily @AFCEastDaily