Wednesday, February 27, 2013
S-Jax to Atlanta?
By Tim Kavanagh
With word that veteran RB Steven Jackson will be terminating his contract with the St. Louis Rams -- making him a free agent as of March 12 -- the speculation as to his team for 2013 has ramped up significantly. One of the clubs that's been identified as a primary suitor of the Oregon St. product is the Atlanta Falcons.
Jackson is a significantly different RB than Jacquizz Rodgers, and would be an upgrade on Michael Turner, who is expected to be released in the coming days. However, ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas doesn't think this is the home-run signing that others have heralded it as:
Pat YasinskasJackson and the Falcons
"Although Jackson is about to turn 30, he still is playing at a high level. He's a solid all-purpose back, and pairing him with Jacquizz Rodgers would give the Falcons a better backfield than they had last year when Turner and Rodgers shared time. I think I'd still rather see the Falcons draft a running back to go with Rodgers, because it would give them two guys with low mileage. But I wouldn't be totally opposed to them bringing in Jackson, if they can swing it under the salary cap. At Jackson's age, he might only be around for a year or two. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Falcons obviously are a team that's in a win-now mode, and bringing in Jackson could help them win."