Seattle believe Jackson would add toughness and depth to their running back group while serving as the backup to Marshawn Lynch.
However, the Seahawks are dealing with salary cap issues and Kam Chancellor‘s holdout, which prevents them from being aggressive in adding players. In the end, Cole expects the Seahawks to add a year to Chancellor’s current deal and give him some more money for the 2015 season.
According to Cole, Seattle could elect to wait until after Week 1 to sign Jackson, as they wouldn’t have to guarantee Jackson’s salary at that point.
Jackson wasted no time in visiting with the Seahawks, as he met with the team on Tuesday following his release from the Bills.
Jackson, 34, had spent the past eight years in Buffalo before the team released him in a move that cleared around $2.7 million in available cap space for the team.
In 2014, Jackson ran for 525 yards on 141 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with 66 receptions for 501 yards receiving and three total touchdowns.
Chancellor, 27, still has another three years remaining on his five-year, $29.323 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $4.55 million (2015), $5.1 million (2016), and $6.8 million (2017).
In 2014, Chancellor appeared in 14 games and recorded 78 tackles, one interceptions, a forced fumble and six pass defenses for the Seahawks. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 safety out of 87 qualifying players.