Is Fred Jackson on the bubble?
During General Manager Doug Whaley’s pre-draft news conference he discussed many things, but one to watch in the near future is how they plan on resigning some really important players who become free agents next year. Most notably, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
“All options are open and, again, that’s why I’m saying at [the 50th overall pick], if some team really wants somebody, moving back getting picks for this year or picks for next year again because we are getting a little top heavy,” he explained. “We’re going to start needing those young guys to come in and fill the bottom half of that roster because you’re going to have the haves and the have-nots and the middle class is going to start getting squeezed out, but that’s what happens when you have a lot of good players and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
So, who is in the “middle class” Fred Jackson certainly appears to be in the “middle-class” with the addition of LeSean McCoy. Jackson isn’t going to be competing for the starting role any longer and if he is playing reliever the Bills still have Bryce Brown and could draft a rookie and free up $2.7 million. Jackson isn’t the only potential “middle class” player on the team–Leodis McKelvin is going to cost nearly $4 million in 2016. Seems to be a steep price for a player who still hasn’t proven to be anything more than average.