Steven Jackson is exercising a player option to void the last year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams, worth $7 million. Jackson has been a staple of the Rams offense but has been a part of a team that’s struggled for years. In an effort to be a part of a winning team and just to play in the playoffs.
And a running back of Steven Jackson’s caliber could bring a lot of attention on the free agent market. The St. Louis Rams though don’t seem too worried about Jackson leaving and have been operating under the assumption that he will be a key component of their offense next season.
5. Green Bay Packers
They need a running back and went through many last off season. At one point they even brought Ryan Grant back. Steven Jackson and Aaron Rodgers would make this a very well rounded offense and possibly the best in the league. However the Packers might not be able to afford Jackson.
4. Denver Broncos
A chance to be a part of a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. There is Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning who is still dominating. And a defense that can dominate as well. Not to mention you play in a division where you go to California twice. The only hesitation with going to Denver is Peyton Manning’s age. What if they win a Super Bowl and he retires? You’re back where you started. What if he gets injured? Back where you started. Not to mention the challenges that come with playing in Denver.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
Another chance to be a part of a team with Super Bowl aspirations. They play in a tough division without a single dome. The cold weather might be unappealing, but a Super Bowl ring might outweigh that. The Steelers need a running back to be back in contention for a division title and Super Bowl run, Steven Jackson could succeed behind a strong offensive line.
2. St. Louis Rams
The Rams are considered by many to be the favorites to re-sign Steven Jackson. As appealing as it is to be loyal to a team that drafted you, it might be best for his career to move on. They’ve never really had a chance at winning and their division which was once weak is getting stronger. Defenses in San Francisco and Seattle are becoming dominant and Arizona’s defense isn’t too shabby either.
1. Atlanta Falcons
A team that desperately needs a running back after a lackluster performance from the aging and over the hill Michael Turner. They have a young Jaquizz Rodgers who reminds me of a young Steven Jackson. Not only could Jackson immediately make an impact for the Falcons but he’d be a valuable mentor to Rodgers. This seems like a no brainer. They play in a dome which Jackson is used to. They’re divisional foes are the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No cold weather stadiums, not the best defenses. Makes too much sense.