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Atlanta Falcons Reportedly Reach Deal with Ex-Rams Running Back Steven Jackson

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 9: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2013

The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly reached a deal with former St.Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

 

Another free-agent jolt: Rams free-agent RB Steven Jackson has reached agreement with the Atlanta Falcons.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2013

Jackson, who has rushed for eight consecutive 1,000-yards seasons, replaces Michael Turner in the Atlanta backfield.

Although he will be 30-years-old when the season starts and there's always a concern for injury, there is no doubt that the hard-nosed former Rams back will be a welcomed addition in Atlanta.

Combining his bruising skill set with the speed of Jaquizz Rodgers should provide Atlanta with a formidable one-two punch on the ground—something the Falcons were desperately missing last season.

Averaging a lackluster 87.5 yards per game on the ground (good for 29th in the league), the Falcons needed to improve their rushing attack if they hope to have any shot at winning a championship.

Even with 2,395 carries under his belt, the 10-year veteran still out gained former Falcons' back Michael Turner by 242 yards last season.

 

 

While most people expect to see some sort of timeshare between Jackson and Rodgers, with Jackson hogging the goal-line carries, the ex-Ram still seems to think he has a lot left in his tank.

"For where I'm at, going into Year 10, I'm not ready to step back and just become a primary backup or a reduced role guy to be part of a running back by committee," Jackson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. "I still have a lot left in my tank. I still have a lot left to offer to a team. We're not talking about someone that's in Year 12 or 13." (via ESPN)

Having a career 10,000 yard rusher in the Atlanta backfield should be enough to keep opposing defenses honest. If there's one thing that Steven Jackson gives you every time he touches the field, it's his will to run without fear.

By joining Falcons this year, Jackson now has a real chance to make a Super Bowl run. Understanding the situation he's know in, you would have to think the former Virginia back will be healthy and ready to contribute from the moment training camp opens up.

Falcons' fan rejoice! Even age 29 Steven Jackson is one heck of a football player.

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