There will be plenty of NFL rumors surrounding St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson this offseason as the Rams have reportedly announced that they will allow Jackson to become a free agent at the end of the season.
There are plenty of teams who might line up for Jackson’s services. However, there is a question as to how effective he can be after all these years. Jackson will be 30 next year and has carried the ball 2,197 times so far in his career.
The Rams obviously feel Jackson’s best days are behind him and they might be right. He might not be a feature back anymore but he can still be effective splitting carries. Right now, Jackson is on pace for his worst season in the NFL as he has gained only 195 yards on 59 carries so far, a 3.3 average and has yet to find the end zone.
One team that might be interested in acquiring Jackson’s services next year is the New York Jets. The Jets’ rushing attack is putrid this year as Shonn Greene has been a disappointment so far as a featured back. In fact, Greene might lose his job to Bilal Powell who at least can contribute in the passing attack and seems to run with more passion than Greene.
The Jets have proven they are willing to squeeze the last ounce of juice from a veteran. They did so with Jason Taylor at defensive end and LaDainian Tomlinson at running back in recent years. Adding Jackson to a backfield with Greene or Powell might give a decent boost to a Jets rushing attack that has been stagnant all year.
Right now the Jets rushing attack ranks 24th in the NFL with 86.5 yards per game. Not good for a team that claims it is a ground and pound offense. Jackson wouldn’t be a cure-all but he certainly couldn’t hurt.
If Jackson does become a free agent at the end of the year it wouldn’t be a bad idea for them to inquire about his services.