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AP source: Fred Jackson traveling to meet Seahawks

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) After being released by the Buffalo Bills, running Fred Jackson is looking for an opportunity to reunite with former teammate Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jackson was traveling to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks in a bid to sign with the team. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the visit is private and the two sides have not reached a formal deal.

NFL.com first reported Jackson's plans earlier Tuesday.

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Jackson, an eight-year veteran, became a free agent on Monday, when the Bills cut the respected team leader and fan favorite.

Jackson and Lynch have been close friends since 2007, when both broke into the NFL with the Bills. Lynch was Buffalo's first-round pick and Jackson made the Bills roster after spending the previous year on the team's practice squad.

The two shared starting duties during the 2009 season. And Jackson took over as the starter after the Bills traded Lynch to Seattle.

The two have stayed in touch, with Jackson noting that he and Lynch exchange texts regularly.

At 34, Jackson was the league's oldest running back last season.

The Bills restocked their backfield by acquiring LeSean McCoy in a trade with Philadelphia in March. Jackson was also set to make a $2.5 million base salary in the final season of his contract, which was deemed expensive for a backup.

Though slowed by injuries the past few years, Jackson is a versatile play-maker as a rusher and receiver, and also a dependable blocker.

Jackson's 5,646 yards rushing rank third in Bills history; he is fourth with 30 touchdowns rushing.

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