On Thursday, Steven Jackson officially voided the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams to give him the opportunity to test the open market and see which teams may be interested in bringing him on board for the 2013 season. Jackson will most likely draw interest from numerous teams over the next couple of weeks, but the Atlanta Falcons need to do whatever it takes to make sure he’s their No. 1 option at running back next year.
After parting ways with Michael Turner and finishing near the bottom of the league in rushing yards per game in 2012, the Falcons clearly could use an effective running back in the backfield. His numbers may not rank near the top of the league like other players at his position, but Jackson has been one of the most consistent players throughout his career as he’s rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last eight seasons.
Combine Jackson’s ability as a running back on top of the fact that Atlanta already contains one of the most dangerous passing units in the NFL led by Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Julio Jones–the addition of Jackson could make this team one of the top contenders once again in the NFC during the 2013 season.
Jackson may not make as much money with a team like the Falcons as he would like to, but he’s at the point of his career where he should be focusing on trying to find a team that gives him the best chance of winning a Super Bowl. After falling just short in January, there’s a good chance Atlanta will be motivated more than ever to return to the NFC Championship and get over the hump to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII next February.
With all of this in mind, Jakson to the Falcons almost seems like a no brainer if they give him the opportunity.
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