Bills running back Fred Jackson is the NFL’s leading rusher with 229 yards rushing after two games.
But Jackson says he can’t make any headway in his effort to renegotiate the final two years left on his contract. This season he is set to make a base salary of $1.75 million, making him the 10th highest player on the team.
“We’ve approached them, and it’s not gone the way we would’ve liked it to,” Jackson told the Associated Press prior to practice Wednesday. “I’m annoyed by it. I’ve been playing at a high level for three straight years now. I would like something to be done about it this year. I want something done that’s fair for myself and the team.”
General manager Buddy Nix declined to comment, citing a team policy from discussing football business.
Jackson stresses he’s not letting off-the-field issues distract him from what he needs to do come game time.
“Not at all. I’m going to play football,” he said. “I come to help this team and get wins. And that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
“I’m just saying I can lead this team. Give me the ball and I’ll make plays for you,” Jackson said. “It’s both energizing and validating. But it’s also motivating.”