Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson Considered Retirement Before Signing With Team

By Dan Parzych
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One of the biggest free-agent signings this offseason involved the Atlanta Falcons convincing Steven Jackson to come on board for the 2013 season. For a team that ranked near the bottom of the league last year when it came to rushing yards per game, the Falcons should consider themselves lucky for landing a player as talented as Jackson–especially since he was considering retirement.

Jackson recently discussed how he was weighing the possibility of retirement before signing with the Falcons, but decided to keep his NFL career with his “never say die” attitude. Jackson previously voided the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams to test the open market and see what free agency had to offer–which eventually led him to a three-year deal Atlanta.

Despite having one of the league’s top passing units on paper led by Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Julio Jones, the Falcons ranked 29th when it came to rushing yards per game last year–which led to the eventual release of Michael Turner. With the addition of Jackson, Atlanta landed a running back who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the last eight seasons.

After finishing the regular season with the best record in the NFC last year, it’s safe to say the addition of Jackson will make the Falcons one of the top contenders in the NFC once again in 2013 now that they will hopefully improve the ground game–assuming Jackson remains healthy.

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