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A new Seahawks wingman for Marshawn Lynch? RB Fred Jackson reportedly visiting Seattle

Veteran running back Fred Jackson, here while playing his final game for Buffalo last weekend, a preseason game against Pittsburgh, is reportedly on his way to visit Seahawks’ headquarters with the intent to sign a contract.
Veteran running back Fred Jackson, here while playing his final game for Buffalo last weekend, a preseason game against Pittsburgh, is reportedly on his way to visit Seahawks’ headquarters with the intent to sign a contract. AP

Could Marshawn Lynch soon have a new wingman on the Seahawks?

Rapoport’s report came out at 4:54 a.m. Seattle time. Since then, every outlet short of Better Homes and Gardens has reported the visit and the assumption Jackson is about to join the Seahawks’ backfield.

This is further proof Seahawks general manager John Schneider is doing all he can to make Lynch comfortable and happy for what could be his final run at a Super Bowl and title this season. When Schneider signed Lynch to a two-year contract extension through the 2017 season in March, it wasn’t the extra years that made Lynch happy. The 29-year old got $12 million guaranteed this year, $5 million more than he was going to get before the extension. There aren’t many around the team who believe Lynch will still feel like playing through 2017.

Bringing in his pal with whom he still regularly texts in the 34-year-old Jackson, who was the oldest tailback in the league last season, would only increase Lynch’s happiness this season.

It would also increase the heat on Christine Michael. The Seahawks aren’t likely to keep four tailbacks when they set their initial, 53-man roster for the start of the regular season by Saturday at 1 p.m. Robert Turbin has apparently solidified his hold on the No. 2 running back job this preseason. Michael, the team’s second-round draft choice would seemingly be fighting an uphill battle with Jackson for the final spot, since Seattle wouldn’t sign Jackson only to release him four days later.

Seattle has just under $5.3 million in salary-cap space, according to overthecap.com.

The Seahawks are returning to practice in Renton this morning after two days off from their exhibition-game win Saturday in San Diego. Their final preseason game is at home Thursday night against Oakland.

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