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The Atlanta Falcons added another key piece on Thursday in what the team hopes to be a Super Bowl run, adding veteran running back Steven Jackson to the fold with a 3-year deal. While the monetary value connected with the contract has not been disclosed at this point in time, what is apparent at this point is that the Falcons have successfully reeled in the most talented free agent running back of this offseason in Jackson, who racked up 1,042 yards and four touchdowns on 257 carries for St. Louis last season. Jackson’s success and reliability with the Rams over the past nine seasons has been as impressive as any running back’s in recent memory, as the former Oregon State player’s eight straight seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards trails only Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin for the longest streaks all-time. Some fans throughout social media and the blogosphere has made hints of Jackson being an unreliable back due to his health, but the numbers say otherwise. Over the past four seasons, he has missed a grand total of two games, with one coming in 2011 and the other back in 2009. It is safe to say that Jackson has played games hurt, which any starting back in the NFL will do, but to speculate that his health should be a red flag going into this deal with the Falcons is ludicrous. As if Jackson’s ability to run the ball was not exciting enough, his skills catching the ball out of the backfield undoubtedly have Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter smiling ear to ear right now. Jackson did his fair share of receiving during his time in St. Louis, averaging close to 45 receptions for 370 yards per season. Just compare those statistics to former Falcon Michael Turner, whose average was a paltry 12 receptions for 18 yards in his five seasons with the team. To put it simply, Atlanta’s high-flying offense added another dangerous piece in Jackson, and although the move does not guarantee the team a running back for the next five years, it does secure the position for at least the next two. Jackson has showed no signs of slowing down over the past few seasons with the Rams despite playing for teams that were not exactly competitive in what was at the time a weak NFC West, and his need to play for a competitive team led him to first void his contract with St. Louis and then sign with the Falcons. Now that Jackson’s signing has for the most part secured the offense, it is time for Thomas Dimitroff and Company to go to work on the defense. The Falcons next step should be re-signing cornerback Brent Grimes Want the latest Atlanta Falcons free agency news? Follow me on Twitter @JordanHill1447

Falcons re-sign LT Baker, keep line intact

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Darrelle Revis wearing a Falcons hat in Paris?

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Jackson ready for 'special things' in Atlanta

ATLANTA On Friday the Atlanta Falcons introduced new starting running back Steven Jackson and if the organization were looking for the most compelling spokesman it could find to persuade doubters that they have a championship-caliber offense, Jackson would be their man. The confident and quotable Jackson said that the Falcons with talented players who will be all around him in...

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Steven Jackson agrees to sign with the Falcons

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons and running back Steven Jackson have agreed to terms on a contract. Another free-agent jolt: Rams free-agent RB Steven Jackson has reached agreement with the Atlanta Falcons. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2013 The Falcons now have their replacement for Michael Turner.  Jackson might have two good years left in him....

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The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract with left tackle Sam Baker, a team source confirmed to's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. The team later made an official announcement Tuesday. GM Tom Dimitroff had made keeping the offensive line intact the team's priority, wrapping up deals with two lineman on or before the start of free agency. Per

Falcons agree to 3-year deal with Steven Jackson

The Atlanta Falcons have found their replacement for Michael Turner by agreeing to terms with free agent Steven Jackson on a three-year deal. The Falcons announced the agreement on Thursday, but did not release the terms. The 30-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season. It was his eighth straight season with more than 1,000 yards rushing...

Falcons reportedly interested in Richard Seymour

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Smith, Dimitroff happy to have Gozalez back

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Throughout the 2012 NFL season, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez maintained that he was 95 percent certain he would retire. If the Falcons had had to replace him, they could have gotten a good tight end in the draft or free agency, but none quite like Gonzalez, the league's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, and certainly not one who has the near...

Atlanta Falcons Sign RB Stevan Jackson To 3 Year Deal

Free agent running back Steven Jackson has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons' official Twitter page reports that the deal spans three seasons. Financial terms were not disclosed.Jackson hit the free agent market after the St. Louis Rams gave him the option to void the final year of his contract in a late season negotiation of Jackson's contract. The...

Best pass rushers Falcons can pursue right now

Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall / / CC BY-ND As of March 15th, the Falcons have yet to sign a veteran pass rusher. So it's natural for most fans, even though it may be early in free agency, to feel a sense of restlesness as they see so many top-tier pass rushers find new homes. That said, let's take a deep breath and see what the market still has to offer...
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