Marshawn Lynch will apparently soon be reunited with his good friend. And Seattle is about to get a veteran running back for third downs.
Is it to replace a waived Robert Turbin?
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Friday night Seattle’s fourth-round draft choice from 2012 will be waived with an injury designation because he is estimated to be out five weeks with a sprained ankle.
Indications are Turbin, Lynch’s primary backup and a change-of-pace back in the Seahawks’ hurry-up offensive sets, indeed learned of the move Friday evening.
Turbin sustained a high-ankle sprain last weekend at San Diego in the third exhibition game. Coach Pete Carroll had been asked all week for a timeframe on his recovery from what he called “a legitimate” ankle sprain, knowing that would tie into a Jackson signing. The coach wasn’t giving one. Those can take a month or more to heal, depending on the severity of ligament damage.
Before that, Turbin went outside the team’s medical staff to have double-hip surgery in Colorado this offseason.
A league source with knowledge of the negotiations told me this evening the Seahawks are “close” to a one-year deal for free-agent running back Fred Jackson and that the team could finalize it over the holiday weekend. That means the 34-year-old Jackson may or may not be on the 53-man roster Seattle has to set by 1 p.m. Saturday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday afternoon the deal was done.
The Seahawks may need another roster move after they set the initial 53-man with 22 moves on Saturday to add Jackson to it.
The Buffalo Bills’ former lead rusher visited the Seahawks on Tuesday and took a physical exam, coach Pete Carroll said. The 34-year-old Jackson shared lead-back jobs with Lynch for the Bills in 2009 and the start of the 2010 season before the Seahawks traded for him.
“We have tremendous respect for this player. He’s got obviously a wealth of background. He’s tough, he’s smart and sharp,” Carroll said this week of the man Buffalo cut on Monday because the Bills now have younger LeSean McCoy as their lead rusher.
“I know that Marshawn and he are very good friends and they get along. That’s always a good thing. But other than that, that didn’t feed into this. He’s just a heck of a football player that might be able to find a role. ... He’s been a very adept pass catcher, and a good pass protector. He’s always been a good runner, he’s got great feel and sense. ... He’s been a very adept pass receiver, and I think that’s something that maybe he could fit in if we got down that way with him.”
They are apparently far down that way with him now.
Jackson’s new deal also may put Christine Michael in further roster limbo. Seattle’s second-round pick from 2013 had an up-and-down preseason and has for the last year been trying to gain the trust of Seahawks coaches following fumbles, missed assignments, fundamental errors and pouting.