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Steven Jackson is an example of an incredible talent stuck on a team that's far short of incredible.
The Rams took major steps in 2012, going 1-0-1 against the NFC champion 49ers while beating the Redskins and Seahawks as well in a 7-8-1 season. The Rams can make the playoffs in 2013, as things are finally looking good in St. Louis. Unfortunately for the Rams, they are extremely unlikely to win a Super Bowl in the next few years.
Jackson has been losing for his entire career while posting 1,000-yard seasons in every year except his rookie year and eclipsing 10,000 rushing yards total. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk explains here how Jackson might retire, and it's unlikely for him to sign a long-term deal with the Rams.
If Jackson is serious about retiring, he wouldn't want to sign a short-term deal with St. Louis either, because, as I mentioned, the Rams aren't likely to be going anywhere in the near future. The Rams may be able to win a playoff game, but Steven Jackson wants a Ray Lewis ending, not a Tony Gonzalez ending.
He's more likely to find that in a place like Denver. The Broncos could make a play for Jackson, as Knowshon Moreno is unproven and Willis McGahee has experienced major fumbling issues. However, I think Moreno could have a very good year in 2013, and as I mentioned in the previous slide, I see Denver making small changes. I can't see them forking over tons of money for Jackson.
However, there are teams that need to take that final step. While they have found lots of success in the last few years, there are some major holes in Green Bay. They don't have any talent at running back or at offensive line, and they have a major shortage of playmakers.
For a couple of years, though, Aaron Rodgers, arguably the NFL's best quarterback, and Jackson, one of the NFL's best running backs, could wreak havoc on opposing defenses. Green Bay could try and upgrade the offensive line or bring in another pass-catcher in the draft while filling a huge hole at running back.
Teaming up with Rodgers has to be an exciting possibility for Jackson, and it would create a vast chance of winning a Super Bowl. I have to imagine that Jackson would want to play with the Packers, as he would have major running lanes because defenses would have to focus so much on Rodgers.
If Green Bay makes an offer, I imagine Jackson accepts. They have the money to take him in, and Green Bay is a place free agents want to play. To me, Green Bay seems like the most realistic option for Jackson.
Destination: Green Bay