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.