Falcons, Steven Jackson agree to terms

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When the Falcons released running back Michael Turner, Steven Jackson was believed to be their choice to replace him.

It took a couple days and some rumored interest from the Packers, but the Falcons got their man. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news that Jackson and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the NFL’s leading active rusher to Atlanta.

Jackson’s a clear upgrade on Turner and he’s been a strong receiver throughout his career, something that could add another wrinkle to a Falcons offense that looks even better than the one that helped them to the NFC Championship Game last year. With Tony Gonzalez coming back, the Falcons appear to be loading up for a run at the Super Bowl.

They’ll need to do some work on defense to get there, namely a pass rusher to replace the departed John Abraham and some secondary help whether or not they bring back Brent Grimes. Jackson’s a big get for them, though, and should be a very good fit in an offense that could have used his skills last season.

117 responses to “Falcons, Steven Jackson agree to terms

  1. Atlanta needed a veteran back, if he can stay healthy he should do some great things this year, especially with rodgers in the backfield too.

  2. Great pickup! Especially since it wasn’t the Packers that got him. Huge upgrade over broken burner Turner.

    I am a Vikings fan but it looks like the early favorites this year are Broncos vs Falcons in the SB.

  3. With that offense Jackson should have a pretty solid year. The Falcons will definitely run and use him better than the Packers probably would have. Atlanta should have an exciting offense to watch next year.

  4. As a Ram’s fan, i thank him for his time with the team and wish him well.

    Definitely one game to circle next season: STL @ ATL

  5. Haha, now the Packers are stuck trying to sign Peyton Hillis. Another year with no running game. Get ready for 10-6 at best cheeseheads!!!

  6. Im so upset.. If he signed for anything less than 4 or 5 mill a year im speechless. I understand the packers philosophy but this was a game changer

  7. Wait a minute….I thought everyone was dying to play in Green Bay for that model organization?

  8. Steven Jackson has been broken for years, and is basically Brandon Jacobs more athletic double. He doesn’t run with power any more, and lacks a hard nosed attitude. We’re talking get slammed by Aaron Curry, and whine about it for weeks. He’ll miss at least 4 to 6 games, and Falcons still need to draft RB.

  9. Maybe Jackson is what the Falcons need. They really seem to play down to the competition. They were a few seconds from being 0-2 against the Panthers. He’s always played hard and has been on so many terrible teams. Not many football players play has hard as Steven Jackson does.

  10. He would have been a tremendous addition to the Packers. They would have had an answer to Bush in Detroit and Forte in Chicago. No one compares to Peterson in MN, so I’m not even going to go there…

    I’m a bit upset that Jackson didn’t end up in GB, but it was all a leverage ploy for Jackson to get more money out of Atlanta. Business is business.

  11. I won’t try to pretend otherwise, I was hoping he’d sign with the Packers. But Packer fans know by now that Thompson is always looking down the road and isn’t going to go all in for one or two seasons. He just wasn’t going to pay a lot for a 30 year-old RB. The off-season isn’t too exciting for GB fans. Waitin’ for the draft. Sigh.

  12. The Prophet says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM
    Haha, now the Packers are stuck trying to sign Peyton Hillis. Another year with no running game. Get ready for 10-6 at best cheeseheads!!!

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    At least 10-6 is still good enough to get into the playoffs for the NFC North!

  13. Lol@ people thinking heds gonna be that much an upgrade. Saints still take the division.

  14. HUGE signing. I love it!!

    Haha I love the Falcons haters. 1 play from going to the superbowl last year suckers…this year we make it happen. Check out Matt Ryan’s #’s in the playoffs this past season then tell me how “cold” he was.

    Jackson washed up now? LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOLLLLL!! pay attention, son. Dude is STILLa beast!

  15. So the Falcons go from cutting one aging slow RB to signing another? LOL. Don’t sit here and try to say SJax is the same player he used to be. He’s been on a steady decline the last 2 seasons with nagging injuries. Good luck getting your moneys worth out of him Falcons!

  16. It’s funny reading Vikings fans comments about the TT’s lack of free agency moves when they just went out and got Cassel. Perhaps they a need a GM that is a bit more capable let alone judicious.

  17. The Prophet says: Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    Haha, now the Packers are stuck trying to sign Peyton Hillis. Another year with no running game. Get ready for 10-6 at best cheeseheads!!!

    I’m no Packer fan, but I never thought I’d see the day when being 10-6 in the NFL was worthy of being ridiculed.

    Solid signing for ATL if he can stay healthy, which has always been something of a problem for him.

  18. WOW!!!! There was all kinds of stories all over each sports site that Steven Jackson was headed to Green Bay

    What an change of events.

    Just tells you that you cant always believe anything you read when it comes to free agents.

    Because look at Wes Welker…Everybody thought he was headed back to the Patriots.

  19. Good for Jackson. Green Bay wants everybody for nothing, which is why they have no running backs, no defense and no wide recivers after Jennings goes to the Vikings.

  20. Let’s she all the minions of Sh!tlanta get all hyped over this. Remember you ass-clowns still have no defense and you better hope Jax stays healthy. Then you may have a shot against the Squared Sevens.

  21. thejohnsmith1122 says:Mar 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    The Prophet says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM
    Haha, now the Packers are stuck trying to sign Peyton Hillis. Another year with no running game. Get ready for 10-6 at best cheeseheads!!!

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    At least 10-6 is still good enough to get into the playoffs for the NFC North!
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    Good ENough to win the SB too

  22. 15starr says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM
    Im so upset.. If he signed for anything less than 4 or 5 mill a year im speechless. I understand the packers philosophy but this was a game changer

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    I am really bummed about this too but Packer Fans (me included) do have to realize that northern Wisconsin isn’t an ideal location for many players weather wise or culturally. Now i clearly have no idea if the Falcons just beat the Packers offer or it was close enough that Jackson decided to go to Atlanta instead but in UFA the Packers have always behind the 8 ball sometimes by choice, sometimes based on other things.

  23. hawks1124 says:Mar 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Steven Jackson has been broken for years, and is basically Brandon Jacobs more athletic double. He doesn’t run with power any more, and lacks a hard nosed attitude. We’re talking get slammed by Aaron Curry, and whine about it for weeks. He’ll miss at least 4 to 6 games, and Falcons still need to draft RB.

    Are you delusional?? The guy still runs with as much power as he ever has..its his speed that has slowed down. And FYI..Aaron Curry was a BUST!

  24. Why would steven jackson not accept ted thompsons 3 yr 1 million dollar salary with 50 dollars in guaranteed money ?

    Lighten up packer fans you better find a dt and olb other than matthews and another saftery to roam the field.

    Rodgers and matthews are not going to come cheap so no surprise at all..

  25. As long as Mike Smith is the head coach the failcants will be sooooo cloooose. But no cigar. Smith is a clown.

  26. Don’t worry Packer fans. That used car salesman you picked up late last year to fill the void has a lot of upside.

    Just like every other RB you’ve ever had…

    In any case, who needs a good running back when you have the awesome OL to run behind?

  27. Honestly I can’t say I’m disappointed. As much as a rb like this would help, our o line is the bigger issue. It doesn’t matter who is back there, they don’t have holes to run through. I just hope Ted takes a look at some of those FA lineman so we don’t have to rely entirely on the draft.

  28. Really simple. Old Running back don’t want to play in FREEZING COLD Weather. He will run for 200 more yards and have less injuries in a dome. If you aren’t older than 25 and weren’t an athlete of any stature please don’t respond to this. You have NO idea what you are talking about it. TRUTH

  29. hawks1124 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:40 PM
    Steven Jackson has been broken for years, and is basically Brandon Jacobs more athletic double. He doesn’t run with power any more, and lacks a hard nosed attitude. We’re talking get slammed by Aaron Curry, and whine about it for weeks. He’ll miss at least 4 to 6 games, and Falcons still need to draft RB.
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    Do you even watch football? Comparing S-Jax to Brandon Jacobs is utterly ridiculous.

    This guy is a total stud and is finally joining a team where he doesn’t have to be the feature player on every play. This will help his longevity and keep him much healthier than he’s been in recent years.

    Great pick up by ATL.

  30. scoops1 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    i hope TT has a trick up his sleeve…

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’s looking at Eddie Lacy in the first round. Only time will tell…

  31. funshipm174 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:48 PM
    Good for Jackson. Green Bay wants everybody for nothing, which is why they have no running backs, no defense and no wide recivers after Jennings goes to the Vikings.

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    And…… Green Bay goes to the playoffs every year. They’re 18 mil under the cap, so they could sign anyone if they were bent on it. The thing is…….they’re not.

  32. no lie I got mad love for the dude, but now that he is with dirty bird…saints gon have to retire him for real! hey sjax, when you come to the dome protect ya knees homie! we coming for them! do your job collect bount money!

  33. thejohnsmith1122 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    “At least 10-6 is still good enough to get into the playoffs for the NFC North!”

    Not for everyone, damnit!

  34. cpo187 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    Great pickup! Especially since it wasn’t the Packers that got him. Huge upgrade over broken burner Turner.

    I am a Vikings fan but it looks like the early favorites this year are Broncos vs Falcons in the SB.
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    I’m not sure about that cpo, I think the 9ers and Seahawks might have something to say about that… 🙂

  35. “Are you delusional?? The guy still runs with as much power as he ever has..its his speed that has slowed down. And FYI..Aaron Curry was a BUST!”

    He doesn’t run through the hole as much dance around it, and yes I know Curry was a bust (I wanted Malcolm Jenkins at 4), doesn’t change the fact SJ was whining for weeks about how hard he tackled him. He’s Shaun Alexander soft, and is going to miss time this year.

  36. Ha, Seattle makes all these moves to compete with san fran and Atlanta, Atlanta makes one move and they are still better than the loudmouth seahawks! Looks like a sf vs atl nfc championship again.

  37. LOL at the Packers for not signing Jackson

    Here is a suprise..Viking dork in cheif Contra,commenting about the Packers..must be spring break in Minnesota

  38. Being a Cheesehead, I am disappointed, but do understand the move. SJ went from one dome team to another. Can’t blame him. I moved from Wisconsin to Florida 15-years ago.

  39. Bears, Matt Forte
    Vikings, Adrian Peterson
    Lions, Reggie Bush
    Packers, ??????????
    If they don’t do everything they can to draft Eddie Lacy I’d say it’s about time for Ted to go.

  40. Two days ago there was an article sayin the Pack was the early leaders in taking Steve. This is what i said.

    kegrun says:
    Mar 12, 2013 5:47 PM
    Steve has said the falcons are one RB away from a Super Bowl. Why would you think then pack is the early leader to land him..lol. Obviously he wants to go to the falcons..who play in a dome.

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    Whatever Media.

  41. patfic15 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    “I thought he wanted a chance for a ring?”

    He chose the team that came closer to the SB last year, so yeah.

  42. hawks1124 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    “Are you delusional?? The guy still runs with as much power as he ever has..its his speed that has slowed down. And FYI..Aaron Curry was a BUST!”

    He doesn’t run through the hole as much dance around it, and yes I know Curry was a bust (I wanted Malcolm Jenkins at 4), doesn’t change the fact SJ was whining for weeks about how hard he tackled him. He’s Shaun Alexander soft, and is going to miss time this year.

    Malcolm Jenkins? Good lord man..you need to watch a little more football

  43. I was disappointed the Pack did not seal the deal on Steven Jackson but I hope they don’t go after Eddie Lacy in the 1st round. I would rather see them draft a guy like Giovani Bernard in the 2nd or 3rd….

  44. iamwhodat says: Mar 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    Good pick up Failcants!
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    Isn’t saying Failcants pretty much like saying can’t fail? Failcons or Falcants seem to make more sense.

  45. Nice pick-up by ATL and nice to see S. Jax have a shot at the playoffs.

    As for productivity he’s gone over 1,000 yards the past 8 years even when playing with absolute dreck.

    Honestly if he had played for a winner he’d have been considered a top 5 back in the league.

  46. Ya bunch of DBs, TT’s plan is not to spend the $$$ for a one and done RB, but will now have choice of the top RBs in the draft class.

    Winners in off-season are not winners in-season!!

  47. So long Steven J! Thanks for a decade of hard nosed running! you were the one player I could count on showing up each week.

    Now it is Bradford’s show.

  48. As a Rams fan (with an SJ39 hoodie), I’m gonna miss him. But I wish him well, and hope he *does* get that ring.

  49. @winkeroni they were also a few seconds from playing in the Super Bowl. Love all the haters with the playoff garbage. They were in the freaking NFC championship game and ten yards from potentially winning it. Yeah that’s really a terrible year ! This is a great signing. Jackson averaged over 4 yards a carry behind one of the worst o lines in football and they had only amendola as any kind of threat in the passing game so teams could you know kind of key on Jackson. Don’t think he will have that problem in Atlanta

  50. falcons fans – keep all of your clippings and aspirations from last year – b/c it’ll be along time before you see it again – enjoy the long slide back to mediocrity…WHO DAT!

  51. cobaltdriver says:Mar 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    LOL at the Packers for not signing Jackson

    Here is a suprise..Viking dork in cheif Contra,commenting about the Packers..must be spring break in Minnesota
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    I dont live in Minnesota. I wish I could still take spring breaks.

  52. The Prophet says: Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    Haha, now the Packers are stuck trying to sign Peyton Hillis. Another year with no running game. Get ready for 10-6 at best cheeseheads!!!

    Based on the schedule, I agree with you. By the way – Packers at 10-6 next year win the NFC North – again

  53. Yes, LOL at the Packers for not overpaying aging players, making the playoffs four straight years and picking up a SB win. I’m sure their formula will send them to the cellar THIS season…

  54. Happy for Steven, I’ve always been a fan and he’s going to a good team with a legitimate chance of going to the playoffs and maybe even the Superbowl.
    Not a Packers fan either so this news is good all around for me.

  55. Shinnbone says:
    Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PM
    Bears, Matt Forte
    Vikings, Adrian Peterson
    Lions, Reggie Bush
    Packers, ??????????
    If they don’t do everything they can to draft Eddie Lacy I’d say it’s about time for Ted to go.
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    bears, Jay Quitler
    vikings, Christian Puntler
    lions, Matt Staffhurt
    Packers, Aaron Rodgers

    If the bears, vikings and lions don’t do everything they can to sign Brett Favre right now it’s time to shut those franchises down.

  56. For you Ted Thompson haters – you know, it is possible that the Packers and Falcons had similar offers, and Jackson simply preferred to play in Atlanta.

    And I laugh at the comments of people calling Thompson and the Packers “cheap” when they are $20 million under the cap and will be able to extend the contracts of their core players instead of having to cut a bunch of guys like all these other teams have been doing.

  57. Anyone who doubts Jackson’s ability and perseverance is an idiot. He has always run like it’s 4th and goal at the Super Bowl every single play. Best of luck, and I hope he retires as a Ram and goes into the HOF as a Ram.

  58. “SPEND SOME $ TED!!”

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    This just in: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and BJ Raji are going to cost some money here pretty soon.

  59. A Packer fan all of my life but it’s getting harder and harder to watch all other teams sign players to fit their need. Not Green Bay!! Ted Thompson is ruining any chance that we may have in being an elite team. We need a running game but once again Thompson position is “pay nothing and sign the cheapest player available”. Remember Marshon Lynch. I believe the Seahawks grab him for a middle round pick when Green Bay had a chance to get him. THOMPSON HAS TO GO otherwise there will be no free agents visiting Green Bay. Steven Jackson was a perfect fit for the Pack but …..thanks Ted!

  60. LOL at the fools that thought Ted Thompson would spend big money on a 30+ running back (the absolute worst position to have someone over 30). Have you not paid attention the last 7 years he’s been GM? LOL at “Packers” fans that are upset once again at Ted for not throwing money at an aging free agent and instead opting to save money for re-signing their own players. Did you not see how great that free agent spending was for the Eagles a couple years ago? Super Bowls are won through the draft. You draft well, you resign your best players, and stay young. Ted knows exactly what he’s doing and I commend him for it.

  61. Steven Jackson has been broken for years, and is basically Brandon Jacobs more athletic double. He doesn’t run with power any more, and lacks a hard nosed attitude. We’re talking get slammed by Aaron Curry, and whine about it for weeks. He’ll miss at least 4 to 6 games, and Falcons still need to draft RB. Hawks1124 is a total
    Knucklehead. Ask the Seahawks and 49ers about SJ39.
    Good luck SL39. 49ers and Seahawks are still the superior teams, but once the playoffs start, who knows? Classy guy.

  62. I love the haters jumping on Ted Thompson but the fact remains, he has never overpaid for a FA in his entire career. Not once, never.

    He probably had his price and if Steven Jackson was willing, then maybe. Putting a lot of money into a running back in the Green Bay offense is not a good use of money, especially when Rodgers, Matthews and Raji all need to be re-signed. That is the basis of a draft and develop strategy.

  63. The Falcons now have a home run hitter in the back field instead of a slow bowling ball that got barely 2 or 3 yards a carry.

  64. thats ridicilous for ppl to say sjax wont bring the falcons to another level..thats all they were missing was a monster RB now they got one for 3 years… seattle, sf, atl and denver are huge winners this year..

    ravens and of course my giants..are not

  65. 1st congrats to Atlanta and there fans!
    2nd to the few crying Green bay fans suck it up. Your team has been a historical monument in the NFL. You guys are so spoiled that when a year or two goes by and things don’t go your way you start crying. Try being a Browns fan or Raiders or a Falcons fan post Matt Ryan era! Stop being spoiled little brats. ( Not all green bay fans I said to the ones crying) 3rd Thanks to the Rams fans showing class and wishing SJ the best! You guys are very classy. 4th PLEASE ATLANTA FIX YOUR DEFENSE OR THIS MEANS NOTHING AT ALL!!

  66. Great landing spot for Jackson. Always liked him. This makes him still relevant in FF too.

  67. As a Falcons fan I was worried about him going to Green Bay, they would have been unstoppable with him. But I’m happy he’s a Falcon. Seattle, San Fran, Atlanta, and Green Bay are the best teams in the NFC, this is not up for debate.

  68. Well, I was hoping the Pack would land SJ. Seems like a standup guy, a solid running back with a great work ethic. Oh well, Im pretty sure that Ted Thompson knows more than I do about putting together a solid football team. The Packers have managed to stay more than competitive the last few years with a cadre of injuries that would decimate most teams. When you overpay for numerous free agents, you cant possibly build the depth needed to sustain in the face of unfortunate injuries to starters. Look at how many Packers backups are getting sucked up by other teams. Go Pack Go.

  69. I am a little bummed that Gb didn’t sign him.

    He also is injury prone though, so I understand why TT didn’t want to overpay.

    TT is about to unload some serious money to some cornerstones in GB.

  70. From fans that obviously don’t watch much football to sports reporters that don’t have a clue, I still can’t figure out the comments about SJax always being hurt or injury prone. In his nine years in the league out of 144 games he has missed 13 games. The man is a true warrior.

  71. Good pick up for Falcons, but it was the defense that gave up record comebacks to the Seahawks and 49er’s in the playoffs when they woke up in Eastern time. Better play for home field again because they do NOT want to play in Seattle or Sfran without some big D.

  72. All we needed last year was 10 yards, and we’d have been in the Super Bowl, and this guy might be what puts us over the top.
    Great move.
    Yesterday on 790 The Zone, everyone was complaining about the Falcons being quiet in FA. I guess they forgot we have a GM that literally built the dynasty in New England.
    Thomas Dimetroff is the MAN!

  73. I just have to laugh at the who dat bagheads. They still think they have a shot. Maybe if they can keep from bragging about their cheating this time.

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