Jackson becomes a Seahawk as a deal is finalized

Former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It may have taken a few days to hammer out a deal, but Fred Jackson, a Buffalo fan favorite, is shipping off the the Seattle Seahawks.

Jackson was released from the team earlier in the week without notice, although management at One Bills Drive said it was a unified decision, and thanked Jackson for his service to Buffalo over eight seasons.

Despite the setback, Jackson — who was set to make just over $2 million in 2015 — said he still had gas in the tank and promised he would continue playing.

Although several teams reportedly showed interest in the veteran running back, including Cleveland and New England, Jackson flew to Seattle with the intention of finalizing a deal with the 2013 Super Bowl champions.

Jackson’s agent confirmed the completion of a deal with the team on Friday. Despite a minor injury that held Jackson back in the preseason, he returned with a vigor in the second to last preseason game, ripping off a long run before pounding through the goal line for a touchdown.

Now Jackson will be reunited with former Bills running back Marshawn Lynch, who he ran with for four seasons from 2007 through 2010.

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