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Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:56 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Aside from Chicago’s Matt Forte -- who feels like the Bears are grinding him to a pulp -- the running back who’s most deserving of a raise is Buffalo’s Fred Jackson.

Forte is making a paltry $600,000 and is a free agent after this season, though a prime suspect to be franchised by Chicago, and he’s the league leader with 1,091 yards from scrimmage. Jackson, meanwhile, makes $1.75 million this year and is slated to earn $1.83 million in 2012, and he has accumulated 1,074 all-purpose yards.

It’s clear Forte is underpaid, but so is Jackson, and while the former gets nowhere in negotiations with his squad, the latter has apparently received assurances from his organization that it’ll make Jackson happy with a new deal.

According to 550 WGR radio, Jackson and Bills general manager Buddy Nix had a meeting three weeks ago, and now Jackson expresses his belief that a deal will get done eventually.

“He let me know that he was thinking about me, but they just had some other stuff that they had to take care of first,” Jackson said. “I've got a lot of faith in him and that's what I'll continue to do. Just put my faith in him and see what happens."

First, the Bills -- who already have re-signed Ryan Fitzpatrick for six years and $59 million -- have to take care of Rian Lindell and offensive tackle Erik Pears. They’ll also have to decide if they want to re-sign receiver Stevie Johnson, who’s a free agent after this season.

But as we talked about Wednesday on the experts chat (and Pete Prisco was outspoken about the issue), is it really worth it to pay running backs top-notch money? Our consensus: probably not.

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:26 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Yeah, but would not big games off set bad games?

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:48 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Oh yeah, that would work great mr. sausage... I'm sure it wouldn't create a bunch of ball-hogging, stat-chasing, out for themselves type of players. Hmmm, I get more pancakes against a loser DT than the pro-bowler, why do I have to be up against a pro-bowler? I draw double coverage every time down field allowing my QB to hit lesser talents underneath, yet no pay... Or is each yard worth double if I'm under double coverage?! Sounds like a great system. Coach took me out in the 4th quarter because he wants to hurt my paycheck and has it in for me!! Not because, the team is up by 30, other guys could use playing experience and no point getting star players hurt when you don't need them in. What about a solid backup, or a guy who helps the younger players, do they have any worth? Does a bad attitude and unsportsmanlike play cause deductions? I understand your grounds for the argument, but horrible idea. Back to Fred. The man deserves the raise more than anyone. He's shined from a backup all purpose anything type player to a starter getting the spotlight. He's been great for the team and done whatever they've needed of him. The man had like 2500 all purpose yards the other year without even being an every game starter. Hey maybe he's getting up there in age, and maybe he'll lose a step or two in the near future, but loyalty works both ways and sometimes you should reward the past production you got for a bargain, could go a long way in league so dominated by free agency these days.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:52 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Yeah, a line man gets money for successful blocks and loses money for getting whipped, penalties, bad snaps etc...

We have game footage there brainpan.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:46 pm

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Id give him top 10 money not top 5 and Id make the deal a 3yr deal with an exit clause after 2 years because of age. Id also put in incentives that make the contract top 5 money in case he continues to excel. Fred is a class act veteran and has handled this great, most other players waiting on deals should take note of what he and Forte are doing as opposed to Johnson and Hillis. This would also be a great topic for the rookie symporium held every year. It is great to see Buffalo rising to the top again, although not a Bills fan I miss Kelly and the boys.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:55 pm

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Fred certainly gets a raise but don't lose sight of the fact he is 31.  Past the prime for a RB by all counts.  Give him the money per year but the deal needs to be three years top. 

Paying for performance is the dumbest thing ever said.  How do you pay a center?  Every successful snap gets you $10,000? 

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:56 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Here is an idea, how about players get paid by production instead of just showing up.  This is a place where stats are concrete, unlike a lot of jobs.

You go for 128 yds and a TD, you get 1.28 million, plus 60K per TD. 

You get 150 yds rec and two TD's, you get 1.5 mil and 120K bonus.

On the other hand, you get 28 yds and no TD's, and a fumble...don don get 280K minus 200K, for a grand total of sukkage 80K.

You get hurt in the line of duty, you get 1 million that year to tide you over.  That does not sound bad does it, who else would get a million to lay around the house and heal up?

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:40 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:43 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Hats off to Fred Jackson for having faith.  If he keeps toeing the line he will get better paid.  Problem is, the real money needs to go to the big guys up front.  Jackson has been around long enough that he gets it.  Chris Johnson doesnt.  That guy held Tennessee up.  You cant blame CJs performance on a hold out when we are heading into week nine.  Ill say this for Matt Forte,  he may be talking a little too much, but at least he keeps showing his worth.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:47 am

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done

Freddie should be given the same deal as Chris Johnson - period.   The big difference is that Freddie is not a self centered, egotistical head case like Johnson.  Reward a humble guy like Jackson, and he will be motivated to prove he is deserving, and that he should be considered an elite running back.  Not like CJ, who gets the money, and proceeds to play totally uninspired.   Thank you Fred Jackson, for bringing pride back to the Bills.  It’s still a little early, but MVP Fred Jackson sure would be nice to hear.

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