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Fred Jackson had serious interest from Patriots before signing with Seahawks

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The Buffalo Bills, in cutting veteran running back Fred Jackson on August 31st, clearly felt the 34-year-old had little left to offer in the NFL.

Apparently though the Seattle Seahawks didn't share that opinion, the Super Bowl runners up bringing in Jackson for talks less than 24 hours after his Bills release and officially signing him last night.

Wanted man

And now Jackson, speaking to, has revealed that there was also serious interest from another of the NFL's top teams - the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.


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Speaking on the fallout from his surprise release by the Buffalo Bills, Fred Jackson noted that it took less than 60 minutes for two of the league's best to make contact.


"Within an hour, he said, two clubs had called to sign him: the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots."

Backfield issues

The revelation that the Patriots, as well as Seattle, were so keen to snatch up the nine-year NFL veteran will only add weight to the claims of disgruntled Buffalo fans who feel Jackson still had something to offer heading into the 2015 season.

While the Bills have LeSean McCoy to act as their bell cow RB, with injuries affecting virtually every member of their backfield depth chart, F-Jax would have provided valuable backup early on.

As for the Patriots' interest, the Foxboro franchise have their own issues at running back. With LaGarrette Blount suspended for Thursday's opener it is unclear just who tops the depth chart at this point.

Their rapid approach to Jackson back in August shows just how concerned they appear with the situation.

Better opportunity?

As it is, Jackson opted to sign with the Seattle Seahawks where he will provide a bench option to spell for Marshawn Lynch, and he feels he landed in the right spot:

"I'm excited about Seattle...It's another opportunity to win some football games and chase a Super Bowl."

Patriots fans: Would Fred Jackson have been a good signing, and why would he pick Seattle over New England? Have your say in the comments below...

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