Falcons named as likely Steven Jackson suitor

AP

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.

19 responses to “Falcons named as likely Steven Jackson suitor

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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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