Jackson signs three year deal to make the Falcons the most dangerous offence in the league.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Stephen Jackson to a three-year, $12m contract – with $4m in guaranteed.
ESPN.com reported the news late on Thursday night and the deal will last until Jackson reaches his 33rd birthday.
The former St Louis Ram has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his last eight seasons, making him one of the elite backs in the league.
When you put Jackson into the Falcons offence, it is a unit that has all the pieces to be the most complete set in the NFL, maybe even since the 2007 Patriots.
Quarterback Matt Ryan has finally pushed himself into the elite status for the position, after a stellar 2012 season, in which he may have been unfairly left out of the post-campaign MVP conversation.
Wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White are the best 1-2 punch in the league; they’re physical, fast, great route runners and have superb ball skills which make them a nightmare to cover. Throw in slot receiver Harry Douglas, and it becomes near impossible.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez will be as productive as ever. The 37-year-old has come back for one more year, yet is still in the top five in the league at his position.
So with Stephen Jackson’s running ability, size, speed and vision, this is going to be one terrifying offence that will look to score at will.
Atlanta got so close to the Super Bowl last year and the Falcons look ready to make sure they don’t squander the opportunity second time around.