Star running back will risk losing $7m dollars to find new team for next season.
When you want to risk losing millions of dollars to find a new team, it’s clear that you want to leave. That’s exactly what Steven Jackson is rumoured to be doing as he wants to play for a team that is ready to win a Superbowl.
In a short article on NFL.com, it suggest that Jackson would rather leave himself than be cut, either way he would lose the $7m, but do it on his own terms.
With Jackson turning 30 in July, he will not garner a long term deal with a new team, as running backs seriously decline once they hit 30, so whoever will take him on must be careful not to offer anymore than a 2 year deal, and make the salary incentive based, to reduce cap hit.
There are teams in the market for a running back and the former Oregon State ability alone means he will be okay for a new franchise next season.
Atlanta, New York Giants and Denver could all do with an upgrade at the position, and signing Jackson to a short term deal would be a good way of a short term upgrade, until they are in a position to draft a long term prospect in a couple of years time.
Durability is another question surrounding the running back, having rushed for over 10,000 yards over his career, he has carried the ball 2.395 times.
That means he has been hit that many times too, and over time the body does not recover as quickly as it did 10 years ago, which is the main reason teams may shy away from him.
If Jackson does enter free agency, there is no reason to suggest he doesn’t re-sign with the Rams, just on a shorter deal, which could work out for all parties involved