Remember back in early October when reports surfaced that running back Steven Jackson would likely be traded and that his contract would be voided following this season with the St. Louis Rams? Wow, it almost seems unthinkable now that the Rams would want to rid themselves of Jackson. His performance this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inched him ever closer to yet another impressive milestone with the franchise, but don’t think for a minute that it will be his last.
The way rookie Daryl Richardson was running early in the year and Jackson was hobbled by a groin injury, many thought the league had passed Jackson by as it does many running backs nearing the age of 30. In hindsight, that notion seems awfully foolish now with Jackson just 10 yards shy of his eighth consecutive 1,000 yard season with the Rams after his 19 carry, 81-yard effort in week 16. Just one week earlier, Jackson went over the 10,000 yard mark for his career making him only the 15th player in NFL history to reach that plateau.
Prevailing wisdom thought that Jackson would be looking to play for a contender next season following another disappointing year for the Rams, but that hasn’t really been the case. St. Louis has shown the ability to go toe-to-toe with some of the heavyweights in the league and with a young nucleus, there is no reason to think that this team is going to get any worse any time soon.
No one in their right mind believes that Jackson is as good as he was half a decade ago, but there is no reason to think that the Rams will cast him aside until they have a better option in house. At this point, the move will be Jackson’s to make following the 2012 season, but it would be real surprise to see him wearing different colors when 2013 kicks off.
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