Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Steven Jackson's 2013 team
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: Some additional thoughts have emerged as to Jackson's next NFL home.
Though the Patriots seemed like a nice hypothetical fit for Jackson at one point early on in the 2012 campaign, ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando doesn't think they'll be in on the bidding for the RB now:
"The Patriots have traditionally been open to older backs such as Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor, Corey Dillon, Sammy Morris, Antowain Smith and LaMont Jordan. But with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden as the top three backs and Danny Woodhead also possibly in the mix, New England could be set at the position for the immediate future."
As expected, veteran RB Steven Jackson is reportedly going to void the remainder of his contract with the St. Louis Rams, this according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jackson will now be free to market his services to other teams around the league, and sign with any of them after the start of the league year on March 12.
The Rams want him back, based upon what's emanated from HC Jeff Fisher in recent weeks. Whether they'll be able to find a mutually agreeable contract value remains to be seen; it's unclear at this point whether the Rams would've been comfortable with the $7 million salary for 2013, but that's somewhat of a moot point now.
One team that has already been linked to Jackson as a potential free agent is the Atlanta Falcons, who need a burly, between-the-tackles complement to Jacquizz Rodgers. It's believed that if he doesn't return to St. Louis, Jackson wants to play for a Super Bowl contender; Atlanta fits that bill, as do the RB-needy Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts. The Denver Broncos are believed to be somewhat in the market for an RB, though Jackson is not renowned for his pass-blocking capabilities, which could be a deal-breaker.