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Falcons named as likely Steven Jackson suitor

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The Falcons figure to be in the market for a back, and there’s an indication they might be looking at swapping old for old.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Falcons are “one of the most likely suitors” for Steven Jackson if he gets away from the Rams.

The Falcons have a need at the position, as they’re expected to release Michael Turner.

And Jackson will become a free agent by voiding the final year of his contract, getting to the market for the first time in his career.

Turner, 31, gained just 800 yards last season, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He did score 10 touchdowns, marking the fifth straight year he’s had double-digit scores for the Falcons.

Jackson, who turns 30 just before the start of training camp, had 1,042 rushing yards last year, averaging 4.1 per carry.

But Jackson also has more miles on his tires than Turner, with more than 750 more career rushing attempts. His numbers haven’t dropped off as precipitously as Turner’s have, but his rushing yards have decreased three years running.

The Falcons know they’re close, and know they need some backfield help (regardless their support for Jacquizz Rodgers), but going to Jackson instead of a younger back would be another bold move for a team that hasn’t shied away from them.

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19 Responses to “Falcons named as likely Steven Jackson suitor”
  1. hartcarluncarlun says: Feb 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    Would be a good fit. Falcons not looking for 1500 yard back, just a good power running to go with Rodgers. They are a pass first team anyway and def will still have to respect the run.

  2. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    REALLY? so what you read what we post on previous articles and draw speculation from that. if that’s the case, maybe ATL. will take a long look at Reggie Bush as well

  3. transam7816 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    I don’t think the falcons will do it.

  4. gohawks7 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:19 PM

    That certainly will make me put a little more thought into my keepers for next year.

  5. kane337 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:24 PM

    Jacquizz and Steven Jackson are both from Oregon State.

  6. sloppychimps says: Feb 26, 2013 12:43 PM

    Or the Falcons could probably just draft one of the top 2 RBs instead…

  7. gottagotowork99 says: Feb 26, 2013 12:48 PM

    Cedric Benson and Dujuan Harris are both from Earth. Your comment is pointless kane.

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Feb 26, 2013 12:48 PM

    If he voids it, he is risking retirement. Or worse green bay. Not Atlanta, they need better than Jackson.

  9. kevinbnyc says: Feb 26, 2013 1:07 PM

    To be fair to Jackson, he’s been running behind a Ram’s offensive line that’s terrible on a terrible team that is playing catch-up all the time. Wherever he goes, I hope he gets a ring; don’t know if there is a more deserving back in the NFL today.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    New England just makes too much sense. Wow a workhorse that is a great threat out of the backfield. They must be salivating.

  11. dirtybirds233 says: Feb 26, 2013 1:51 PM

    Sloppychimps

    While I agree that one of the top 2 RBs is a better choice, we have bigger needs than a back in the first round. TE, DE, and S (if WillyMo leaves or not) are all bigger needs to us than a running back. SJax would honestly be perfect for us. Not long term, but all we need is a guy who can catch out of the back field while being able to pound a defense, and from watching last year, he can still do that.

  12. mannyicey says: Feb 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    I don’t know. Is Steven Jackson asking for big money, or is he asking for old-guy money. You know- “I know my paycheck’s small, but I’m in the NFL and you ain’t”-type of money.

    Because he can come and babysit the draft pick if he wants. But the Falcons would like to eventually get a big, bruiser-back in the draft and stick the number 33 on him. Shoot, if his last name’s Turner, they don’t even have to throw the old jerseys out! Because that’s what they want- a Michael Turner that’s 23 years old.

  13. kevpft says: Feb 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    Jackson is better than everyone in the draft and as capable as anyone else at the position today. He’d be a great pickup for Atlanta.

  14. kingpel says: Feb 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    Why would Atlanta want him? So they could NOT hand him the ball in a playoff game. Michael Turner was good enough to win a Super Bowl, but its pass, pass, and pass some more with these guys even with a 20+ point lead.

    Steven Jackson would have a great season with Atlanta and then sit on the bench with 4 carries and watch Matt Ryan chuck it away in the playoffs.

  15. schmitty2 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    The Rams sound like they are willing to pay around what he would get on the open market so it boils down to if he wants to remain loyal to the only team he has played for or does he want to play for a SB caliber team. It’s not about the money.

  16. bigblu73 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    Acquiring SJax would be a great move for the Dirty Birds! It also may be a key acquisition that could possibly sway T.Gonz to come back for 1 more crack at the Bowl.

  17. mrlaloosh says: Feb 26, 2013 6:28 PM

    If he wants a ring better stay away from Atlanta. Patriots or Niners make more sense. Or Denver.

  18. dkkc12 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:23 AM

    send him down I70, im sure those tires have a few more miles left on them. And running with Charles will only extend his time left in this league

  19. bribos says: Feb 28, 2013 3:58 PM

    If Atlanta chooses RBush over SJax in this situation you could start printin super bowl tickets tomorrow! Close your eyes and imagine what MFaulk meant to the GSOT. Bush could easily do the same thing for Atlanta.

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