The Buffalo Bills have extended the contract of running back Fred Jackson. The 33-year old running back was primed to enter a contract season in 2014, but the team and Jackson agreed to terms on a one-year extension worth $2.6 million. Jackson filled in admirably for injured running back C.J. Spiller at times in 2013, while also effectively operating as the team’s main goal-line back.
Jackson faces more competition this year with the Bills trading for Bryce Brown and bringing on former 49ers running back Anthony Dixon, but still figures to be the first back Buffalo calls upon when spelling Spiller. Spiller is still fully expected to retain lead back duties, and if healthy is the safe bet to lead the Bills in total touches. Jackson should still have a solid role, however.
Unlike most backs past the age of 30, Jackson has surprisingly only gotten better with age, as he’s put up 18 touchdowns in the last three seasons, alone. Jackson has also been a consistent source of points in fantasy football, as well, as he finished 2013 as fantasy’s 10th best running back. That isn’t likely to happen with Spiller returning to full strength, but give just how much the Bills like to run the ball, Jackson should retain some Flex value from week to week. Fantasy owners taking a chance on Spiller this year should be sure to snatch up Jackson near the end of fantasy drafts as a quality handcuff.
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