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Bills, RB Fred Jackson agree to contract extension

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RB Jackson will be a Bill long-term (photo source)

The Buffalo Bills on Wednesday morning announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with RB Fred Jackson.  Contract details have yet to be disclosed, but ESPN.com's Tim Graham reports that the deal is believed to be for four years..

Jackson, 28, is coming off of two consecutive productive seasons in which he amassed 871 rushing yards, 59 receptions and 3 touchdowns in a reserve role.  He will begin the 2009 season as the team's starting running back while starter Marshawn Lynch serves a three-game suspension.

The three-year pro out of Division III Coe College made some waves earlier this off-season when he missed the early portions of the Bills' off-season training program while seeking a new contract.  Jackson would later report for duties and has not made any public complaints since.  It appears that those actions, on top of his on-field production, have been rewarded.

Jackson's agent, Jerry Douglas, also called the Bills out earlier this off-season when the team, in response to several legal issues surrounding some of its players, talked about the importance of character.

Buffalo also signed RB Dominic Rhodes to further fortify their depth at the position.