Rams allow Jackson to void final year of deal

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Steven Jackson wasn’t able to hit the statistical plateaus that would have allowed him to void out the final two years of his contract, but the Rams are going to let him slide on the last one anyway.

According to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, the Rams decision will allow Jackson to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season.

The first-round pick in 2004 has led the team in rushing every year since 2005, and was set to make a base salary of $7 million next year. Jackson apparently fell short of receiving yardage benchmarks to fall short of erasing the final two seasons anyway.

It’s an interesting move, since unless you’re a Carolina Panther or under 26 or so, the market for running backs is a soft one.

Jackson’s still talented, but the odds of him making that kind of cash as a 30-year-old in 2013 seem long, and the Rams apparently weren’t interested at him at that rate anyway.

28 responses to “Rams allow Jackson to void final year of deal

  1. Running backs are slowly becoming extinct. Especially the big bruising backs. You need speed and to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield. That and the rise of the passing game are making runningbacks expendable. They’re only good for to create another threat to keep a QB from throwing the ball 60 times per game, create shorter down and distance, run the clock out, and goal line.

    The days as the focal point of the offense are about gone. Except in San Fran. But, who knows how long that will last.

  2. ^ I don’t think it’s about $ with him.

    Assuming this news is true, I think he asked for this so he could have one last chance to sign with a contender before his career is up.

    A class move by the Rams to agree to this if that is true.

  3. Classy move by the Rams to let him get a shot at signing with a team that has a shot at a title — one that needs a pass-catching running back… and that has recently been obsessed with signing tight ends….

  4. Essentially they’re happy to void the last 2 years of the contract. Am I reading this right?

    This is more about them saving money than rewarding him.

  5. The NFL isn’t the MLB but could voiding the year help the Rams move him in a trade? A back like Jackson could help a contending team and with what looks like a good young backup, maybe it time to see if the Rams could add an asset for Jackson.

  6. I’m one of those who believe this is not about a payday, this is opportunity to play in the playoffs. He is one of the more talented backs in the league and will finally have the opportunity to experience the playoff lifestyle.

  7. supersaucy says:
    Oct 4, 2012 5:45 PM
    He’s going to a contender next year, it’s not about the money. Who all doesn’t see him playing with the Pats next year…

    Why? They have 2 young RBs who are doing well. Not the same as when they brought Cory Dillon in (and not as good).

  8. Does Jackson have a new agent different from the one that signed his old deal? If so, new agents wants to make sure to get his cut, even if its a cut of a smaller pie.

  9. Jackson is probably nearly used up. He has 300 more career carries than Willis McGahee, who is second among active players.

  10. for this guy to perform as well as he has for the last 7 years is pretty remarkable. he’s been one of the best all-around RB’s in football history, and i’m going to pull for him to get a legit run at a super bowl.

  11. I’m sure the Rams three rookie RBs also had an impact on this decision as well. I have a feeling that next year they will go with a rotation of Richardson and Ganaway on early downs with Pead taking passing down duty and returning kicks. This appears to be the way most teams are going. It’s cheaper and you aren’t left scrambling every time your workhorse suffers a groin pull.

  12. Hmm seems like an opportunity for any smart team that needs a bruiser runner because as we’ve seen in the past that leads teams to victory. Teams that run the ball well enough that is. But maybe he’s calling it quits after close to 9 years of taking and giving in his case a beating.

  13. It’s naive and just silly to think the Rams are doing this as a favor to the guy so he can play for a contender before he retires.

    It’s the NFL, it’s all about the money.

  14. i doubt its about money you have never heard more money come out of his mouth he seems like a great leader and person probably just wants a ring

  15. Nice way for the Rams to get out of a bad contract with a RB the wont ever be healthy for a full season again and make it look like they’re giving Jackson what he wanted. Fisher knows you don’t pay RB that type of money. Besides they got a lot of picks the next couple of years from my Redskins. When talking about RB younger is always better.

  16. Someone above did say it, but I only noticed it once. TONS of players are “allowed to void their contracts” each year. It’s called being cut. It’s just odd that they announced it mid-season.
    So now I want to see how much he plays tonight.
    Is a deal coming?

  17. as a rams fan I hate to see him go but I always said I felt bad for the guy because he played for us and our piss poor o line all these years. with a great team, I see him making play offs. no matter where he goes he will always be remembered as a Ram! good luck to you Stephen

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