It's not every day that a running back of Steven Jackson's caliber becomes available. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the St. Louis Rams are fielding trade inquiries from the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jackson is on the down side of his career at 29 years old, and injuries have become a problem. He's only carried the ball 101 times in seven games this season because of a nagging groin problem, and the emergence of rookie Daryl Richardson.
Moving the former Pro-Bowler makes sense.
The three teams mentioned have a clear need at RB. Per Nick Eastman of CBS Sports, the Cowboys backfield is banged up. Demarco Murray suffered a sprain foot in Week 7, and he missed time in 2011 with a leg injury. Felix Jones missed practice with a bruised knee.
Adding Jackson to the mix would give the Cowboys a potential workhorse, and solid depth in the backfield.
The Packers have had to play Alex Green at RB more than they would like to. Cedric Benson was playing well before he went down with a Lisfranc injury. Per Marc Sessler of NFL.com, Benson is out eight weeks.
Chris Bach of NFL Gridiron Gab writes:
"He’s been coveted by the Packers for years, Green Bay has made huge offers in the past and is reportedly still interested."
Jackson could step in and get a solid workload as soon as he's completely ready to go in Green Bay.
The Steelers have had tons of injuries at RB. Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman have missed time this season. Jonathan Dwyer has been decent in their stead, but Jackson would be a great addition to Pittsburgh's backfield.
Curt Popejoy of Rant Sports writes:
"The Steelers need a talented veteran presence even if it’s not a long term solution, in the short run could be very beneficial for all parties involved."
Which team is the best fit?
Easily it's the Packers.
Green Bay doesn't run it a ton, they have only 145 rushing attempts by running backs in seven games. However, they will throw it to their backs. Packers' running backs have 27 receptions this season.
That style plays to Jackson's versatility. From a team quality stand point, the Packers are the best of the trio. They're record is only 4-3, but the team is again playing at an elite level in the last two weeks. They blasted the Houston Texans at home, and defeated Jackson and the Rams in Week 7.
Jackson could fit in with the Packers without disturbing their recent run.
We'll see if Jackson is dealt by the October 30 deadline, and if one of these three teams can secure his services.
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