RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that veteran running back Fred Jackson — “a real classy kid” — has officially signed with Seattle.
The 34-year-old Jackson had agreed to terms with the club, but the deal wasn’t signed until the Seahawks could make some roster moves, specifically to put Robert Turbin on injured reserve and trade Christine Michael to Dallas.
In his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, Carroll said of Jackson:
“I’ve asked him to really dig into the throwing game so that he can be a third-down guy for us. He’s not going to have any trouble with the run game … but the pass-protection stuff is really what will tax him the most. He understands it, he’s a good pass-pro guy and he’s a terrific catcher, so that part is going to fit in really well, the security of that.
“We like Marshawn on third down, we like using him there, but he needs a break now and then, so I like to have a real steady guy going in. Without Turbo available to us—he was the steady guy to go in; Christine wasn’t that guy to take that spot, and we don’t want to put that on Thomas at this point—so it just seemed like it fit really well for us. We think it’s going to be a good solid move, and we get a really classy kid to add to the roster.”
Jackson, who was teammates and friends with Lynch in Buffalo before Lynch was traded to Seattle in 2010, was released by the Bills after averaging a career low 3.7 yards per carry last season, but his 66 catches were a career high.
And he’s had a successful career, rushing for 5,646 yards on 1,279 carries.
Carroll also confirmed that safety Earl Thomas, who had shoulder surgery in the offseason, would play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. “He’ll speak loudly when he gets on the field here, I think.”
Carroll indicated there was nothing new on the status of safety Kam Chancellor, who is holding out in hope of getting his contract renegotiated. “We have to focus on what’s at hand and going ahead,” Carroll said. “So that’s what we’ve done.
“We’d love to have everybody,” Carroll said of the defense. “But we’re going to be strong anyway.”
Meanwhile, the Seahawks announced final three additions to their practice squad: CB Justin Coleman (Tennessee); CB Kevin Short (Fort Scott CC); DE Robert Thomas (Arkansas).