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Fred Jackson: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent RB

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Running back Fred Jackson #22 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2017

Veteran running back Fred Jackson is set to hit free agency this offseason after spending one season with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Jackson Plans to Continue Playing 

Monday, Feb. 22

Jackson is not expected to retire this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jackson, 35, rushed for 100 yards and caught 32 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns with the Seahawks in the 2015 season.  

In his nine-year career, Jackson has rushed for 5,746 yards and 30 touchdowns, and he's caught 354 passes for 2,897 yards and nine more scores. He's always been a versatile, reliable running back and has settled nicely into a role as a third-down back later in his career. 

He's also been durable late in his career, missing just two games in the past three seasons.

Jackson does lack burst at this point, however, so it's probable that teams will wait until closer to training camp to add the veteran. His pass blocking and ability to make plays in the passing game still give him a defined role, but many teams look to younger talents to fill voids and may wait until injuries begin to set in during training camp before calling Jackson.

That means retirement may remain a possibility for Jackson, even if his intent at the moment is to return to the NFL for a 10th season. 

 

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