By Eric Schmidt

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is currently under contract with his team but he holds an option to void out the last year of his deal in order to become a free agent next month. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the two sides have not spoken about his upcoming plans as of yet with the free agency period slated to start in less than a month.

Jackson would like to stay with the Rams but he also wants a new deal. His salary for 2013 would be $7 million but the Rams are struggling with salary cap issues and would likely like to retain him for less money. The current belief is that Jackson will void the contract and test free agency while still talking with the Rams.

The Rams are taking a gamble however. If Jackson hits free agency, he will have suitors. The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons are immediate teams that come to mind as well as the Detroit Lions when discussing running back issues.

Jackson will be 30 later this offseason but he’s seen his workload steadily decrease in the last several seasons. In 2010, he carried the ball 330 times but last season saw just 246 touches. He is still a very effective back and would make a nice fit for any of the above listed teams if he hits free agency.

 

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