ST. LOUIS -- Don't let all the happy talk fool you.
As cordially and professionally as Steven Jackson and his old team are talking about each other this week, you can be sure there's some resentment buried beneath all the platitudes.
How could there not be on Jackson's side? He gave the Rams nine strong years and became the franchise's all-time leading rusher yet didn't have a single winning season to show for his efforts. Then comes Jeff Fisher to turn around the franchise and one promising season later, with Jackson set to make 7 million, he is shown the door.
With no proven running backs behind him, the implication had to be as clear to him as to you and me: The Rams didn't think Jackson, at age 30, was worth the money.
Even though Jackson said more than once that he wanted to retire a Ram and was willing to consider a restructured contract, the two sides never came close to an agreement that would have kept Jackson in blue and gold. Perhaps his demands were overly exorbit...