NFL Notes: Fred Jackson, Cowboys, Lions, & Saints

Fred Jackson

According to Seahawks RB Fred Jackson, Bills GM Doug Whaley assured him that he nothing to worry about when it came to his job security, even after he suffered a hamstring injury during training camp.

“When I pulled my hamstring early in training camp, I sat down with the GM, Doug Whaley, and asked him if I needed to worry about my job being in jeopardy. We had guys like LeSean McCoy, who we traded for in the offseason, and Karlos Williams, who we drafted out of Florida State, along with a couple of other solid guys at the running back position. So, seeing all the talent on our roster, I told him that if I was on the bubble, I wasn’t going to sit around on the bench with a bum hamstring waiting to get cut. I wanted to go out there and prove myself,” Jackson wrote at The Players’ Tribune.

“He told me that the team didn’t want me to push myself too hard and risk re-injuring my hamstring. He told me they knew what I brought to the table and to focus on getting healthy — that I didn’t have anything to worry about.

So I didn’t worry — until I got called into Doug Whaley’s office during the first round of cuts. After eight years as a Buffalo Bill, I was getting released.”

Jackson added that there was a good deal of interest in him including from the Cowboys, Steelers, Browns, and Patriots. However, they all wanted to wait until after Week 1 to sign him.

The Seahawks were the only team willing to sign him to a guaranteed contract.


  • David Moore expects the Cowboys to fill their open roster by promoting either DE Lavar Edwards or WR Vince Mayle from their practice squad.



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