Rams players voted running back Steven Jackson a captain this season, and he has often said he wants to retire a Ram. The question now is whether that will happen following a contract adjustment signed by Jackson on Sept. 8, one day before the start of the regular season.
While numerous reports Thursday evening said Jackson has the option of voiding the 2013 final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, my sources indicate the void is automatic if Jackson is on the Rams roster five days after the Super Bowl, which would be Feb. 8.
Certainly, there is the possibility that his contract could be renegotiated again before Feb. 8 or that an agreement could occur after Feb. 8, prior to the start of the league year in March. However, the current arrangement occurred because the two parties weren’t able to reach agreement on a contract extension beyond 2013 when Jackson will turn 30 and is scheduled to be paid $7 million. His salary is also $7 million for this season.