Steven Jackson has been one of the most dominant and consistent backs of the 21st century, but is his run over after nine years? (AP Photo)
Rams running back Steven Jackson has not met with the St. Louis Rams — the team who drafted him in 2004. Despite a planned meeting and on-going talks between Jackson’s agent and the Rams, the two sides have yet to actually meet.
Jackson said in January that the two sides planned to sit down and meet in February, but that has not happened, half-way through the month. He also said they believe everything will be resolved before March. Clock’s ticking, and free agency will begin on March 12, which is less than four weeks away.
Jackson technically still has one year left on his contract, but that year can be voided by Jackson if he wants, which would then make the veteran an unrestricted free agent. The Rams have steadily shown interest in Jackson returning in 2013, but he likely will not return without a reconstruction of his base salary — $7 million in 2013. The Rams are currently projected to be over the cap in 2013 with the current players on their roster, more the reason for the nine-year running back’s deal to be reconstructed.
Despite Jackson’s age, he has still produced as one of the most consistent running backs of the last eight years. Jackson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards every season since his rookie campaign, and has only dropped under four yards per carry once in his career.
Jackson currently has three options: retirement, to out like Barry Sanders did — without a playoff win; test free agency to “seek out that Lombardi Trophy”; or reconstruct his deal and stay in St. Louis until his retirement.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most likely option is for Jackson to void the final year of his contract, test free agent waters, and eventually return to the Rams for less than his current $7 million salary.
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