Today, news was released that RB Steven Jackson will be voiding his contract with the St. Louis Rams in order to test the free agent market. What does this mean for the Denver Broncos? Well, the Broncos are running thin at the position and would love to have a back of Jackson’s build and speed behind quarterback Peyton Manning.
As Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch states:
“It’s uncertain what the market will be for Jackson. But more than anything, Jackson wants to play for not only a playoff contender but a Super Bowl contender if possible. He has not played in a postseason game since his rookie season with the Rams.”
I am sure we all know that the NFL market will be big for the runner who has accumulated eight consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and would enjoy surrounding himself with a contender such as the Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers or the Indianapolis Colts. Of course there will be teams looking, and although Jackson would have loved to stay a Ram for life, his best option would be to switch now while he still has a couple years left in the tank.
Understand that Jackson has a ton of miles on his wheels, but at age 29, the Broncos or any other team that wins his services would greatly expand their window of opportunity to win now.
Executive Vice President of Player Personnel John Elway has been linked with looking into New York Jets RB Shonn Greene, and possibly deciding to release either Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee, or both.
Acquiring Jackson and Greene would be an interesting mix, as I don’t feel the latter would be a viable starter in most systems. So now we sit back and wait while clamoring for Elway to make the right decision and go hard after Jackson. If his past is any indication, when it comes to the best available, he usually goes for it, such as with Manning last season.