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Despite Spiller's strong season, Bills want to extend Jackson

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By Kevin Fishbain

C.J. Spiller's performance in replacing Fred Jackson was a very positive sign for the Bills from an organizational standpoint. Spiller's 561 rushing yards with a 5.2-yard rushing average, 269 receiving yards and six total touchdowns means the ninth overall pick from the 2010 draft likely is not the bust many thought. It also takes some pressure off the team when it comes to an extension for Jackson, who was one of the better backs in the league before breaking his leg in Week 11. The way we hear it, the team still feels a loyalty to Jackson, and GM Buddy Nix was quick to remind reporters earlier this month that Jackson is under contract through the 2012 season, so there is no rush to sign an extension. Nix added that he wants Jackson to finish his career as a Bill. Jackson averaged 137.6 yards in 2011, but he'll be 31 in February. The Bills likely won't break the bank to keep Jackson in Buffalo, especially knowing what they have in Spiller. What we do know is that the team will have one of the league's top backfields next season, and the Bills would prefer to get an extension done to keep Jackson in Buffalo.

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