There’s been plenty of talk this offseason about the possibility of Steven Jackson voiding the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams and testing the free agent market. Now, it appears Jackson has made up his mind and will test free agency after all.
Jackson was scheduled to make $7 million with the Rams this season and his decision to test free agency shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the team most likely would have either cut him or attempt to restructure his contract. Jackson may not seem like he’s in his prime anymore as a running back, but it should be noted that he’s broken the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of the last eight seasons–so he clearly has a little gas left in the tank and could make an impact on any team in need of a running back.
Of course, just because Jackson is testing free agency doesn’t mean there’s no chance of him returning to St. Louis for the 2013 season. Who knows–maybe Jackson will draw little interest from the open market and end up signing a one-year deal with the Rams.
As mentioned before, Jackson’s numbers from the last eight seasons show he’s still capable of being effective at running back and any team would be lucky to have him for the 2013 season. On the bright side, if St. Louis does need to add another running back, at least the 2013 NFL Draft is right around the corner.
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