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Rookie runner Daryl Richardson has been terrific this season, making Jackson expendable in St. Louis.
Since the Rams made him a first-round pick in 2004, Steven Jackson has been the definition of a workhorse.
Jackson became the Rams' lead running back in his second season, and he's eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past seven seasons prior to 2012. But this season, rookie Daryl Richardson has been the Rams' most effective back, making Jackson somewhat expendable.
It's been reported that the Rams are interested in moving players for draft picks.
St. Louis was extremely active on the trade front during the 2012 NFL Draft, trading the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins, who coveted quarterback Robert Griffin III. Ultimately, St. Louis turned the second overall pick into three first-round picks and a second-round selection.
Now, the Rams are looking at acquiring additional draft picks as they focus on the future. The defense is in good shape with a pair of talented pass rushers, and a stingy, in-your-face secondary.
At this point, Jackson is the Rams' most logical trade bait. One such trading partner is the Green Bay Packers, who could swap receiver Greg Jennings for Jackson. However, the Packers seem content with second-year runner Alex Green shouldering the load.
Jackson's time in St. Louis is winding down, but his departure will likely come as a free agent next summer.
Rumor Verdict: Buying, but Selling
(The Rams will actively pursue a trade, but they won't get any serious takers.)