The Seahawks and free agent running back Fred Jackson have agreed to a one-year contract.
The addition of Jackson augments an already-deep group at running back for Seattle, and you have to wonder if another move is in the works. Both Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls have had their moments this preseason, so it's possible Seattle will look to move one of them for a little more future draft capital or another player. It could also signal a move for Robert Turbin to the injured reserve.
As Thomas Beekers wrote here earlier this week,
Fred Jackson can run, catch, block, play special teams and do it all reliably, a strong option especially on third downs as a very strong pass blocker and catcher. He would also provide another veteran leader in the locker room, one that lead back Marshawn Lynch respects. Signing a 34 year old running back whose numbers do show a downturn (3.7 YPC last season, and yet 66 catches for 501 yards) is certainly not an expected move, but with Marshawn's back problems always a concern it looks like the Seahawks want to explore more dependable options behind him.
Jackson averaged 8.9 yards after the catch per reception last year, forcing 19 missed tackles along the way. Only Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, and Matt Forte forced more missed tackles on catches in 2014.
We'll see what this means for the depth chart at running back.