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Trade talk persists regarding Steven Jackson

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With the trade deadline only two days away, Rams running back Steven Jackson continues to be at the center of speculation regarding a possible deal that would send him out of St. Louis in his ninth season with the team.

In recent years, there has been speculation that the Rams should ship Jackson to a contending team, given that the Rams were anything but contending.  Now that the Rams are truly contending, it’s odd that they’d move him.

But it has been reported this season that the Rams don’t plan on bringing Jackson back next year.  If that’s the case, why not get something for him now?

And so Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams have fielded inquiries regarding Jackson.  Though he’s not being actively shopped, the Rams are willing to listen.

Suitors include the Packers, who don’t have much of a running game since the injury to Cedric Benson.  Then again, they didn’t have much of a running game with Benson.

The Rams would have to get a sweet deal in exchange for Jackson.  Otherwise, it could be difficult to sell the fans on a decision to send the most popular member of the post-Greatest Show on Turf out of town.

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25 Responses to “Trade talk persists regarding Steven Jackson”
  1. dmercer3 says: Oct 28, 2012 12:58 PM

    jerry jones is calling.

  2. Neftali Ramos says: Oct 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    Can you imagine the Packers with Steven Jackson? Wow!

  3. blbrad says: Oct 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    GB should trade Jennings for Jackson.

  4. dpaste99 says: Oct 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    I’d suggest that 2 of the 4 games Benson played before injury were very respectable rushing numbers- and it looks like his average touches were going up.

  5. youngd843 says: Oct 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    i’d like to see him play for a contending team. it sucks that such a good rb was on a crappy team for so long.

  6. barbarian9 says: Oct 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    @blbrad: poor Jennings!

  7. thraiderskin says: Oct 28, 2012 1:18 PM

    It would be nice for Jackson to have the chance to win something… I think the Ram’s are on the way up, but I don’t think Jackson will be around to see their greatest success.

  8. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    It’s too bad the prime years of Steven Jackson were wasted on a dysfunctional franchise and he never once complained or wanted out. He deserves to goto a contender and share a backfield.

    He’s still good enough to not be washed-up Ladainian 3rd down back territory yet but I think best way to use him is to split his touches and keep him fresh

    It’d be smart for the Rams front office to ship him out as they know he’s lost a step, but still playing at a high level, and don’t want the PR nightmare of negotiating a high-profile contract with a franchise player for past accomplishments whose best days are already behind him

  9. leafeaterx says: Oct 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    Sounds like teams doing they’re due diligence.

  10. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    I know this is totally off the subject…

    But what in Gods name is up with those Steelers uniforms?

    I’ve heard of throw-backs, but those are throw-ups

  11. pastabelly says: Oct 28, 2012 2:17 PM

    If this Bradford injury is serious, they won’t be trading Jackson.

  12. cannonballdookie says: Oct 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    This is the NFL we’re talking about, teams aren’t smart enough or don’t have enough job security to think a year in advance.

    The Rams are ok but they are certainly not contending, it will still probably be another year or two so why not trade Jackson now and see what you have in your other back, both parties would be happy.

  13. vincelombardisghost says: Oct 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    Ageed. Trade Jennings for Jackson straight up.

  14. marlin6262 says: Oct 28, 2012 3:00 PM

    As a packer fan, we gotta trade Rodgers and his arrogance to st.louis for Jackson. Then we could run the ball, maybe win again…

  15. e23r0 says: Oct 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    It would be pretty sick if he came to Arizona.

  16. ramcountry says: Oct 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    “Now that the Rams are truly contending”

    Well, you can forget that.

    Trading my favorite Ram would certainly be the capper on a crappy weekend.

  17. bowmanj35 says: Oct 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    Jennings, or better yet Finley and something for jackson. I’m sick and tired of seeing him jump up and do the ridiculous fin garbage after a 7 yard catch. either that or he drops the pass. overrated trash.

  18. fdugrad says: Oct 28, 2012 5:28 PM

    “Rams are truly contending.” Are we talking about the Rams team in the NFL?! At any rate, though I have no interest one way or the other, I think Mr. Jackson has served his time and without whining. It would be a good break for a deserving player.

  19. 808ninerfan says: Oct 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    A trade with the steelers for mike Wallace would make a good trade for both teams in my opinion

  20. joerymi says: Oct 28, 2012 8:44 PM

    Contending for the 1st overall pick, I think he meant.

    They might as well. They stink with him, might as well suck without him and get some high picks for the future. Same reason I think the Jags should have moved Jones-Drew, pre-injury.

    Top tier running back is currently a luxury item.

    The Lions fleeced Jerry Jones for a 1st round pick for Roy Williams, so he would be my first call.

  21. binarybulge says: Oct 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    Would love to see Jackson on GB. It’s good to see teams calling about him. I think everyone realizes it’s more a case of the Rams being so bad offensively than Jackson breaking down.

    That said, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Grabbing Benson went against the grain enough as it was. GB picking up a free agent, followed by a trade in the same season?

    If it does happen, and they can dump Finley off, DO IT. PLEASE. Finley’s attitude and lack of ability to catch perfectly thrown passes tells us all that he’ll never amount to anything.

  22. wretchu says: Oct 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    joerymi says:
    Oct 28, 2012 8:44 PM
    Contending for the 1st overall pick, I think he meant.

    That would imply that Carolina, Jacksonville and Kansas City are capable of winning at least two more games each (and the Browns and Saints one more game each). Rams have zero chance for the top pick.

    But you are correct in that they shouldn’t be playing to succeed this year. This is a building process, and honestly even if they don’t win another game this season pretty much has to be considered a success just based the change of attitude and culture in the locker room.

  23. axespray says: Oct 29, 2012 4:36 PM

    Idk if anyone should trade for Steven…
    Considering the Rams have all those early picks from the Redskins…

    Give any team those amount of quality picks and they at the very least stumble upon some Quality players….

  24. vikescry1 says: Oct 29, 2012 7:59 PM

    jacksons not coming to greenbay people, get over it. this is ted thompson your talking about…. TT wouldn’t give up a 3rd rounder for lynch a couple of years ago, what makes you think he’ll do it now? he holds those pick to close folks. it would be nice, but the packers have more problems than just a running game.

  25. kingmj4891 says: Oct 29, 2012 8:32 PM

    joerymi says:
    Oct 28, 2012 8:44 PM

    The Lions fleeced Jerry Jones for a 1st round pick for Roy Williams, so he would be my first call.

    ____________________________________
    correction they fleeced him for a first, third and sixth round picks

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