New York Giants: Steven Jackson 'Would Listen' If Big Blue Is Interested

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IMarch 8, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14: (L)  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by (R)  Koa Misi #55 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Lately, it seems like NFL players are putting New York on top of their destination lists.

You can now add a top running back to that list of players.

In a story reported by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is interested in playing for the New York Giants in 2013.

What does free-agent RB Steven Jackson think about the possibility of signing with the Giants? "The Giants are ... sulia.com/c/new-york-gia…

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 8, 2013

The former first-round pick from 2004 has spent his entire career with the Rams and has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in eight of his nine seasons.

With the Rams going in a different direction, Jackson is one of the top running backs on the market and could get a decent offer from a team looking for a workhorse back.

In his interview on Sirius XM Radio, Jackson said he's still looking to be a premier back in the league.

The Giants are a great, great organization and I was a part of the draft class with Eli Manning so I definitely have been following his career for quite some time now. They have a great young runner. If they are interested I sure would listen.

Well, that’s where a very open dialogue has to take place. I’ve opted out of my position of being with the (Rams) and being comfortable because I want to continue to still be the bell cow. So that’s how I want teams to look at me. That’s how I’m going to shop myself and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there if that’s not the feedback that we’re receiving.

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Last month, the Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw after he spent six years with the team. As of right now, they are looking to go with David Wilson and Andre Brown as their main runners.

However, Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2012, and Wilson had just a handful of carries in 2012. If the Giants are going to be interested in Jackson, it would make sense.

But are the Giants going to pay top dollar for a 29-year-old running back? Probably not. They released a running back who was 26 and due almost $4 million in 2013.

Although, health has never been a major cause of concern for Jackson; the lowest total of games in a season he has played in his career is 12 back in 2008.

In 2012 with St. Louis, Jackson had 257 carries for 1,052 yards and four touchdowns.

It's hard to gauge interest in who would want to make Jackson the only back on their team since most teams in the NFL now have adopted at least a two-back system.

But if Jackson is willing to accept a more reduced role yet still get plenty of playing time, then the Giants could be a fit.

Jackson, Wilson and Brown would be a solid running back trio and could give the Giants a dominant running attack again.

This talk about Jackson all depends on just how interested the Giants would actually be in him.

If the market doesn't go the way Jackson hopes for in free agency and his price drops severely, I could see Jerry Reese quietly swooping in.

It's a long shot right now for Jackson to come to the Giants, but after missing the playoffs following a Super Bowl season, you never know.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.