Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
It's good that this author is not the general manager for an NFL team, because that team would pull the trigger on a trade for Steven Jackson in a heartbeat. However, as talented as the St. Louis Rams star is, Jackson simply doesn't represent the best trade value at this point in his career.
The 29-year-old is at a tough age for running backs, one which usually heralds the start of a runner's decline. While this rather loose rule doesn't always apply, Jackson has endured nine difficult pro seasons.
As the Rams' lone offensive weapon of note for much of that time, Jackson has taken quite a pounding, thanks partly to his bruising style.
The question for any team making the trade is whether Jackson can still be relied upon to carry the full starting load he would surely want on a new team.
There's also the not so small issue of what level of compensation the Rams might require for the player who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in seven-straight seasons.
They have the option to void the final year of his contract, and it would be difficult for the Rams to command top value. So it's safer to expect Jackson to test the free agent market next year.