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Fred Jackson reveals why he turned down the New England Patriots

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Fred Jackson's decision to sign with the Seattle Seahawks after his surprise release by the Buffalo Bills means the veteran running back will be moving almost the length of the country to continue his NFL career.

Considering he also had the option of joining the Bills' divisional rivals, the New England Patriots, this month, it is perhaps surprising Jackson opted for the major upheaval after nine years in the AFC East.

But, speaking to this week, F-Jax has now revealed just what it was that put him off linking up with the reigning Super Bowl champions.


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"What played in the back of my mind is how much New England turns over its roster," the 34-year-old told the Buffalo publication.

"That has worked well for them, and you can't blame them. But, at the same time, you want to be comfortable where you are."

Job security

Jackson has a point - especially when it comes to his running back position. Of the five RBs currently on the Patriots roster (LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Travaris Cadet, James White and Dion Lewis) only Bolden has been with the franchise since before 2014, and he has only started four games over three seasons.

Since they lifted the Super Bowl, New England have said goodbye to backfield members Shane Vareen, Steven Ridley and most recently Jonas Gray. 

You can hardly blame a veteran for being wary of entering such a volatile situation.

In contrast, Fred Jackson feels he has found far more job security at the Seattle Seahawks:

"Seattle told me they wanted me to come in and be the No. 2. At this stage of my career, that's what you want to hear," he explained.

"So I go to a better team, get promoted and have a chance to win a Super Bowl."

Patriots fans: Does your RB situation worry you, and will Jackson regret turning down the champions? Have your say in the comments below...

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