By Eric Schmidt

On Sunday morning, Michael Lombardi stated on First on the Field, a pre-game show on the NFL Network, that the St. Louis Rams will be shopping several players with the looming trade deadline, could veteran RB Steven Jackson be one of those players? Although Lombardi failed to name names, Jackson’s name has to be in the mix at this point in his career.

Jackson, who will be 30 at the start of the 2013 season, is a free agent after this season. One only needs to look around the league to see that once players reach that 30 year benchmark, long term deals are not usually forthcoming. Jackson’s role in the Rams offense has decreased as well this season. He is currently averaging 3.8 yards per carry, tied for the lowest at any point in his career. Jackson has only found the endzone once this season and is splitting carries with rookie Daryl Richardson.

The Rams, under head coach Jeff Fisher, are stockpiling draft picks moving forward, and I would not be shocked to see Jackson moved this season. Fisher is assembling a talented defensive team and despite improvements on the field this season, they are likely not a playoff team this season and at 30, Jackson might not be in Fisher’s plans for the future. Why not see what the Rams could get in return?

Which team might be interested in Jackson? There could be a lot riding on Jackson’s future which is determined by the outcome of tonight’s game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. The Lions running game has been struggling once again this season. Injuries and suspensions have taken their toll this season.

If the Lions will tonight and pull to 3-3, one game out of the division lead, Detroit could inquire about Jackson’s services for the remainder of the season Mikel Leshoure has been disappointing, Kevin Smith has fallen down the depth chart and Jahvid Best’s possible return to the football field remains in doubt. Best has been ruled out for the season after failing neurological tests last week.

Jackson could be productive in the Lions offense, with an established passing game under the leadership of Matthew Stafford. So far this season, the Lions have underachieved, after reaching the playoffs last year. The addition of Jackson could be just what the Detroit offense needs down the stretch.

 

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