ESPN's Adam Schefter reported:
Rams have fielded trade inquiries for RB Steven Jackson over past few weeks in advance of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline… say.ly/uhz4sR4— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012
Teams such as Arizona, Green Bay, Dallas and Pittsburgh each have dealt with injuries at the running back position and make sense as potential trade partners. Green Bay, in particular, has coveted Jackson in the past.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King recently wrote that there was a "55 percent chance" that Jackson would be traded, saying:
Green Bay, Dallas and Arizona are the logical suspects...I do think the Rams would deal Jackson in the division if the price were right. The price has to be a fourth- or third-round pick, I believe. We'll see what the next 48 hours bring. This is a player who can still contribute to a playoff contender, and I think he's worth a mid-round pick.
It makes sense that Jackson might get traded. He's been splitting time with Daryl Richardson in recent weeks (h/t St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and Richardson has actually been outperforming the NFL's current leading career rusher, averaging 5.4 yards per carry compared to Jackson's 3.9 this season.
It also makes sense that a playoff contender like the Packers or Cowboys might be willing to part with a mid-round draft pick to acquire Jackson—a veteran back who would give them some stability on offense with a power running game.
Head coach Jeff Fisher recently came out and put a dagger in the heart of any hope that Jackson will be traded, according to StLouisRams.com:
Fisher also quickly addressed the rumors of a trade of RB Steven Jackson. He said Jackson is “still our running back” and that they aren’t calling anyone to deal him nor are other teams calling about him.
That seems pretty definitive to me, but one can never say never when it comes to professional sports. As they say, everyone has a price.
Still, it seems as if all the rumors are simply rumors. After all, even though the Rams are 3-5 on the season, there's no way Fisher's team is throwing in the towel. If this team goes on a winning streak, the playoffs aren't out of the question, though the odds of this happening aren't good.
No, Jackson is going to stay right where he's been for his entire career—at least until the end of the 2012 NFL season.
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