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By PFW staff

The Bills agreed to a contract extension with RB Fred Jackson, the team announced Monday.

Jackson, 31, was second in the league with 1,376 yards from scrimmage when he fractured his fibula last season after 10 games.

Jackson joined Buffalo in 2006 after stints in Europe and the indoor league, which followed his collegiate career at Coe College. He worked his way up from the practice squad and has three consecutive seasons of more than 900 yards rushing. He has 16 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores.

Jackson’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2012 season. The new deal adds two years on to his contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

“The organization has done a tremendous job of keeping guys around,” Jackson said. “Where else would I rather be but Buffalo?”

Since last August, the Bills have signed Kyle Williams, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson, Scott Chandler, Kirk Morrison, Erik Pears and now Jackson to contract extensions.

“We wanted to get this done and out of the way so that we could focus on football,” Jackson said.

The way we see it

This was a nice move by the Bills, as signing a 31-year-old back to a contract extension isn’t generally the norm, but Jackson means a lot to the franchise and only has four significant NFL seasons of work under his belt.

Last season, C.J. Spiller came on strong when Jackson went down, but that didn’t keep the Bills from extending Jackson, something GM Buddy Nix has said he wanted to do. Buffalo will have one of the league’s top backfield heading into 2012.

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