Steven Jackson Leaves Rams to Seek NFL Title as Free Agent
Steven Jackson voided the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams to become a free agent, saying he wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender after eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons without a playoff appearance.
“I’ve decided to go and seek free agency and see what’s out there with the other 31 teams and try to win a championship,” Jackson said during a Bloomberg Radio interview. “That’s the main goal. I’ve had an illustrious career in St. Louis and I enjoyed my time there. But I have to go on with my professional career, join another team and hopefully we win a Super Bowl.”
Jackson, 29, is the National Football League’s most productive active running back, with 10,135 yards rushing in nine seasons in St. Louis. The Rams have had a 44-99-1 record during his tenure and last season went 7-8-1.
“I’ve had a lot of individual success, I’ve yet to have that team success,” Jackson told Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on “The Hays Advantage.” “The thing that makes the game great is because of championships and making playoff runs.”
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Jackson ran for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns last season while catching 38 passes for another 321 yards. He had $7 million remaining on his contract and said he’s looking for a four- to five-year deal, mentioning teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos as possible destinations.
The Packers have had four different running backs lead the team in rushing yardage the past four seasons, while the Falcons waived starting running back Michael Turner last week. Broncos coach John Fox has said Denver, which went 13-3 in the first season with Peyton Manning at quarterback, is seeking to upgrade at running back with 31-year-old Willis McGahee recovering from a broken right leg and Knowshon Moreno recovering from surgery on his right knee.
“Those three teams, those three cities, have huge fan bases and they’re very close to winning the Super Bowl so the addition of myself would be a good one,” said Jackson, who will turn 30 in July. “Not only because I can help as a running back, but I could help as a leader of a team.”
A former first-round draft pick from Oregon State, Jackson is among 27 players in NFL history to rush for more than 10,000 career yards and said he still has many good years ahead of him as a lead running back for a championship contender.
“I feel great,” Jackson said. “My desire to continue to play this game is as strong as ever.”
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