Change is never easy. It’s twice as difficult when dealing with a player as likable, influential and complete as Fred Jackson, who was released by the club Monday. Bills GM Doug Whaley said after some long discussions everybody on the personnel side of the organization was on board with the decision.
“We thought for us and at this time, we had to make this decision,” said Whaley. “There are a lot of circumstances that go into that, but we will keep that in-house for competitive reasons. Everybody was on board. Reluctantly because of the magnitude of this player and what he means, not only to the Buffalo Bills, but to the community of Buffalo–him and his family. So we talked to Terry [Pegula] and Kim [Pegula] and conversed with them and decided that this was the best time to make that decision.
“We all know the NFL is great business and a great sport, but there are some detriments to this business. A day like today, cut down day, is always rough for everybody involved. A decision like this doesn’t come lightly. A decision like this is something we put a lot of thought into. It makes it tough, not only with everybody that you cut because they are being rejected, but it also makes it tough when you are talking about a guy like Fred Jackson. He has been the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills for a long time. He is a tremendous person not only on the field, but what him and his family have done in the community, we tip our hat to that. And again this is not a decision we came to lightly, but we made this decision and it is a tough decision and we will go from there.”
Whaley also said the team cut him in this first round of releases to provide him with a better chance to catch on with another club.
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