The Seahawks officially signed veteran RB Fred Jackson to a one-year contract on Monday.
“I’ve asked him to really dig into the throwing game so that he can be a third-down guy for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle. “He’s not going to have any trouble with the run game, he’ll know what’s going on there, he’ll pick that up, but the pass-protection stuff is really what will tax him the most. He understands it, he’s a good pass-pro guy and he’s a terrific catcher, so that part is going to fit in really well, the security of that. We like Marshawn on third down, we like using him there, but he needs a break now and then, so I like to have a real steady guy going in. Without Turbo available to us—he was the stead guy to go in; Christine wasn’t that guy to take that spot, and we don’t want to put that on Thomas at this point—so it just seemed like it fit really well for us. We think it’s going to be a good solid move, and we get a really classy kid to add to the roster.”
The Bills somewhat surprising cut Jackson loose earlier in the week, but it didn’t take long for him to line up a workout for the Seahawks.
Reports mentioned that the two sides were mutually interested in getting a deal done, and the fact that Jackson could reunite with his former teammate Marshawn Lynch was likely a selling point as well.
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.