Fast Freddy Jackson Signs Four-Year Extension With Bills

Eric HomaCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Marshawn Lynch #23 and Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate Lynch's first touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on September 21, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 24-23. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills announced today that the team has reached a four-year extension with backup running back Fred Jackson.

Jackson, a former NFL Europe standout, has proven to be a valuable backup to starter Marshawn Lynch.

The two backs are becoming one of the best running back duos in the league. Lynch and Jackson ran for a combined 1,607 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008.  

The Coe College product is a favorite among Bills fans, but is relatively unknown to the rest of the league. He will get a chance to prove his worth while starting in place of the suspended Lynch for the first four games of the season.

Jackson ran for a career high 571 yards last season, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He also provided a reliable safety valve for quarterback Trent Edwards, catching 37 passes for 317 yards.

Buffalo will now have a pair of talented running backs leading its ground attack for the foreseeable future.