The news around the National Football League just keeps on coming, as today Mike Sando of ESPN.com is reporting that St. Louis Rams’ running back Steven Jackson has decided to void the final year of his contract, which in turn would make him an unrestricted free agent come March 12.
Jackson, who will turn 30 this July, rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the eighth-straight season in 2013, as he carried the ball 257 times for a total of 1,042 yards and four rushing touchdowns in 2012. He also caught 38 passes for 321 yards.
Jackson was scheduled to earn $7 million for the Rams in 2013 but the team has not expressed much interested in signing the soon to be 30-year old runner to a long-term deal, so Jackson was given the option to void his contract before the 2013 season, which it appears he will now do.
Jackson, has been a highly productive player during his nine NFL seasons racking up 13,459 yards from scrimmage to go along with 64 career touchdowns. Yet, he has never played for a team with a winning record and has been on just one playoff team back in 2004, when the Rams went 8-8 and then defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. He has not returned since.
One team that has been mentioned as a landing spot for Jackson frequently since the trade deadline has been the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers could definitely use a bruising runner like Jackson to finally give their running the game the legitimate threat that it’s lacked since Aaron Rodgers has been under center, yet, you have to question if Green Bay would be willing to shell out big money for a back whose carried the ball at least 250 times eight straight seasons.
Yet, whether it is in Green Bay or somewhere else, it appears Jackson will have a new home for the start of the 2013 NFL season.