UPDATE: Thursday, Mar. 14 at 6 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has provided the details of Steven Jackson's new three-year contract in Atlanta. The report states that "his deal with the Falcons is for $12 million with $4 million guaranteed."
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The deal makes sense for the Falcons, who needed a reliable veteran presence out of the backfield after releasing their every down running back Michael Turner.
Reliable is exactly what Jackson has been over the years, too. He has lost just 15 fumbles in his nine-year career that includes 2,395 carries, 407 receptions and 13,459 yards from scrimmage.
The Falcons are lucky to gain Jackson’s services, as he did not rule out retirement after the season ended. Jackson cited a desire to the leave the game in his prime rather than play too long.
Jackson, who battled injuries throughout the season, put up his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season with the Rams in 2012.
That’s no small feat for the veteran back. He entered some elite company when hitting that mark. Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Thurman Thomas and LaDainian Tomlinson are the only other backs in NFL history to accomplish that feat.
Smith holds the record by breaking the millennial mark in 11 straight seasons. Jackson has some work to do if he has any plans of reaching that record.
Jackson turns 30 this summer, the age often perceived as the beginning of the end for running backs. Although, if anyone can find a way to succeed and contribute, it is Jackson.
Over the years he has fought through several injuries but has missed just 13 games in his nine-year career.
Jackson was rumored to be on the trading block leading up to the 2012 NFL trade deadline. That was thanks to the solid play of Rams’ rookie RB Daryl Richardson, his heavy price tag and his impending free-agent status.
Nothing came of those talks, though, and the Rams rode out the season with him sharing backfield duties with Richardson.
Now the Falcons will have the pleasure of employing Jackson in their backfield for what is expected to be the final act of his remarkable NFL career.
The Falcons ranked 29th in the NFL with 87.3 rushing yards per game. Jackson will share the backfield with Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers.