Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/15/13
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 Rams are preparing to go forth with 2012 draft choices Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead in the backfield.Jackson drew interest from both the Green Bay Packers and the Falcons before deciding on Atlanta on Thursaday.  The Falcons were in the market for a veteran back after they released Michael Turner earlier this month. Turner rushed for 1,300 yards three times during his first five seasons with the Falcons, but was released after averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in 2012, and due to his base salary climbing an additional 1.4 million.The Falcons, who lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, had the NFL's eighth-ranked offense last season, but finished 29th when running the ball, averaging less than 88 yards per game.  At 6-foot-1, 231 pounds, Jackson gives the Falcons a powerful inside runner to pair with Jacquizz Rodgers, who is more of a scat back.Selected 24th overall in the 2004 draft , Jackson has rushed for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns with 407 receptions for 3,324 and eight touchdowns.  The three-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons and is the Rams' all-time leader in rushing yards and is tied with Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson second in Rams history in rushing touchdowns, trailing Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk by only two.  Jackson ranks fifth in Rams' history in receptions and is fourth in total touchdowns.
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