Today’s release of Buffalo Bills’ running back Fred Jackson opens the floodgates for a number of NFL teams that are in need of a veteran running back. Though he’s the oldest running back in the NFL, at the age of 34, the long-time backup running back still has enough left in the tank to become a reliable No. 2 back for a RB-needy franchise.
Here’s a handful of teams that would be smart to target the Bills’ third all-time leading rusher (in no particular order).
1. Dallas Cowboys
Let’s face it, this won’t happen. Owner/GM Jerry Jones seems very confident in his current running back situation. But if Jerry wasn’t such a stubborn football guy, he’d likely take this opportunity to cash in on a shot at providing his team with RB depth. Darren McFadden is injury-prone and unreliable, and I don’t have enough confidence in the inexperienced Joseph Randle to become the team’s workhorse.
2. New England Patriots
What would be better than to see Jackson go up against his former team twice a year? With no Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley in New England’s backfield this year, and with LeGarrette Blount facing a two-game suspension to begin the season, coach Belichick is in dire need of a boost at the RB position.
3. New York Jets
We’ll stick with the AFC East. The quarterback situation, as always, is troublesome in New York. The Jets have a log-jam at the running back position, but I’m not so sure any of those guys (Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy, Bilal Powell, Daryl Richardson) would come close to being a true No. 1 back on any other NFL depth chart. Bringing in Jackson would allow Todd Bowles to team him with Ivory and Ridley to form a decent three-headed RB monster up north.
4. Oakland Raiders
To no surprise, Oakland has also made a RB cut today, officially ending the short-lived Trent Richardson era. Latavius Murray is slated to carry a bulk of the work behind second-year quarterback Derek Carr. Carr, who had a solid rookie season in a porous Oakland offense, has some new weapons in the passing game (veteran receiver Michael Crabtree and rookie receiver Amari Cooper). Why not bring in some new weapons in the run game as well?
5. Houston Texans
The Arian Foster groin injury is worrisome, and who knows how long he’ll be out of commission. Alfred Blue has yet to prove he can handle a full workload, and bringing in the reliable veteran Jackson could prove vital to the success of Houston’s questionable offensive attack this season.
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