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NFL cuts: Fred Jackson visiting Seahawks after Bills cut him

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The Seattle Seahawks might be adding some running back depth. The team is bringing in running back Fred Jackson for a visit. We break down what it means.

The most surprising move thus far of the first roster cutdown saw the Buffalo Bills release veteran running back Fred Jackson. He was due $2.3 million in 2015, with a cap hit of $2,731,250, so given that he is 34, it is not entirely shocking the Bills released him. I imagine one reason they did it now instead of this coming weekend is to give him a little more time to land somewhere before final roster cuts.

And it appears he might have some early interest from a familiar foe. Ian Rapoport is reporting the Seattle Seahawks are going to host Jackson for a visit on Tuesday morning, and both sides expect a deal to be done. Rapoport mentioned that Marshawn Lynch calls Jackson his big brother, which bodes well for welcoming him in to the backfield.

The Seahawks backfield behind Lynch currently consists of Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, and Thomas Rawls. Turbin seems set as the primary backup, with Michael and Rawls competing for the third running back spot. If Jackson were to sign, that could give Seattle a nice little upgrade to the backfield. He's nearing the end of his career, but might still have a little something left. He had a hamstring injury early in training camp, but played last week, rushing five times for 48 yards. Signing Jackson would seem to be an indictment of 2013 second round pick Christine Michael as much as anything.