Add Fred Jackson to the list of running backs skipping voluntary team workouts, presumably because he is unhappy about the contract offers the Buffalo Bills are sending his agent’s way.
The Buffalo News reports that Jackson, entering his third NFL season, isn’t pleased with the status of negotiations over his contract, which ran out in March.
The newspaper explains:
Because he has only two years tenure in the NFL, Jackson is an “exclusive rights free agent.” That means the Bills have exclusive negotiating rights to him because of the fact they made a minimum contract offer to him in late February. He can not negotiate with or sign with any other team. At worst, Jackson is guaranteed to play in Buffalo this season under a one-year deal for $460,000.
The Bills and Jackson’s agent, Jerome Douglas, have been talking about a longer-term deal for several weeks.
Jackson is a versatile backup for the Bills, having recorded 571 yards on 130 carries and 317 yards on 37 catches last season. His services likely will become even more valuable at the beginning of this upcoming season when Marshawn Lynch is expected to be suspended by the league for at least one game because of a February arrest in Culver City, Calif.