ALERT: Buffalo Bills release RB Fred Jackson

The Buffalo Bills made a stunning move on Monday by releasing running back Fred Jackson.

The Buffalo Bills made a stunning personnel move on Monday when the team released veteran running back Fred Jackson. No one in Buffalo saw this move coming, especially in the first wave of roster cuts.

Jackson, 34, has been with the Buffalo Bills since he was invited to training camp in 2006 by Marv Levy, and has had a remarkable career with the Bills. In his career, Jackson has rushed for 5,646 yards 1,279 carries. He finishes his career with the Bills with a 4.4 YPC average and 30 career rushing touchdowns. Jackson also caught 322 passes in his career for 2,640 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2014, Jackson set career highs in receptions (66) and receiving yards (501).

Many Bills fans expected Jackson to be the team’s second running back behind LeSean McCoy. Now, Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon will see bigger roles in 2015. It’s not known if Jackson’s release means that Bryce Brown will make the 53-man roster.

The Bills made the following statement on Jackson’s release.

“Today, we had to make the difficult decision to release Fred Jackson,” said Bills GM Doug Whaley in a statement. “He had an incredible career for this organization for the past 10 years. We thank Fred for his hard work, dedication and leadership during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Fred has inspired the city of Buffalo in a number of ways. Fred and his family have been dedicated to this community and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions through his career.”

Among undrafted running backs, Jackson ranks third all-time in NFL history in career rushing yards behind Arian Foster and Priest Holmes. He is also third all-time among Bills running backs in career rushing yards. The running back was a fan favorite in Buffalo, so the team’s decision will face much scrutiny.

Jackson can still play in the NFL and he will have plenty of suitors. Don’t be surprised if the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots are among the teams interested. Jackson grew up in Arlington and his former house was torn down to build Cowboys Stadium. Jackson could be very productive behind Dallas’ offensive line. As for the Patriots, Bill Belichick has always been a big fan of Jackson’s play.

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