St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson can void his
remaining contract and sign elsewhere in free agency, but head coach Jeff
Fisher said “thus far things look good” when it comes to working out an
agreement that will keep the veteran with the team, according to Jim Thomas of
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“We’ve had discussions with Eugene Parker (Jackson’s agent),
and thus far things look good,” Fisher said. “I think it’s identifying what
both sides want moving forward. ‘Jack’ knows how I feel about him and that we
want him back. But we’ve got time. We’ve got a few more weeks and we’ll see
where it goes.”
Jackson is entering the final year of his contract that will
pay him $7 million. However, he can void this contract and hit the open market
if he so chooses.
He could void his deal, and the Rams wouldn’t necessarily be
unhappy with the decision. While they want to retain Jackson, they aren’t crazy
about paying a running back that will be 30 years old entering the 2013 season
What could happen is that Jackson voids his deal and
renegotiates with St. Louis. In exchange for giving up his $7 million salary
for next season, the veteran would likely want some sort of assurance beyond
2013. This could complicate matters, but all signs point to Jackson and the
Rams reaching an agreement.
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