Stevan Ridley emerged as a productive running back in 2012, but Bill Belichick does have a longstanding admiration of Jackson — dating as far back as the 2004 NFL draft. As long as Jackson follows through with voiding the final year of his contract, he’ll be heavily pursued and might be looking to be the No. 1 guy wherever he goes. If the Patriots can persuade him to Foxboro, he would add another reliable runner and offer Ridley a bruising partner out of the backfield.
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