Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/8/12

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs out of bounds during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Maybe it had to do with the $4 million freed up by cutting Drayton Florence, or maybe it was just more of the Bills securing players that made them so good to start 2011, but Fred Jackson is now signed to anchor the Buffalo backfield through 2014. There were big expectations from fans for Buffalo to pay the once undrafted Coe College alum whatever it took to keep him in red and blue (it was maybe even more important than signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson to many of them) and extending his soon expiring deal, paying out an estimated $8.7 million over the next two years was music to their needy ears. GM Buddy Nix made it clear back in March that the Bills were still smitten with Jackson, promising that though Buffalo still "had priorities with guys that were unrestricted", once they cleared that up Jackson would definitely "have an extension before he went to camp". Sure, Bills fans have heard such promises before, but last season the now 31-year-old running back shocked...
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