After nine long seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Steven Jackson is now a free agent. Given how weak this year’s NFL draft is going to be as far as running backs go, there is a good chance that someone will overspend for him.
The question is: who?
According to Mike Florio, the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons are both looking into possibly bringing Jackson on board. After cutting Michael Turner loose, the latter squad obviously needs to shore up their ground attack. Green Bay, meanwhile, has attempted to patch up their hole at running back with questionable pieces for two years now – making a commitment to someone more stable would make a whole lot of sense.
Last year, Jackson ran for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns in 16 total games played. He also chipped in 321 receiving yards on 38 total receptions.
At 29 years old and with a lot of mileage on his tires, understandably, the big question regarding Jackson is whether he is going to be sturdy enough to justify the sort of commitment he is clearly looking for.
Chances are, given how close the Packers and Falcons are to being Super Bowl teams, one of them will bite and give him a decent-sized deal. Whether that proves to be a mistake or not is something we’ll find out soon enough.