The Packers still have interest in Steven Jackson, but will the Atlanta Falcons win out for his services?
In the ever growing soap opera of the Packers’ running game, another report has surfaced stating the Packers are interested in free agent running back Steven Jackson. The Packers may out of luck though because the same report states that the Falcons are currently in the lead to gain the star running backs’ services. Jackson is one of the big name running backs available this year after spending a long and productive career with the St. Louis Rams.
It seems that Jackson wants to play for a contender in order to chance down an elusive Super Bowl ring. The Packers and the Falcons both appear to be contenders in the NFC for a Super Bowl berth.
One of the great downfalls of the Packers the last two years has been a failure to establish a running game. The Packers have not had a running back gain a 100 yards rushing in a single game since Brandon Jackson did it in 2010. In 2012 the Packers attempted to assemble the committee of Cedric Benson, James Starks, Alex Green, and DuJuan Harris to bring a running attack and balance out the offense. Their efforts brought mixed success, but ultimately failed to bring about the desired result. Jackson could be just what the Packers need right now.
The main question facing Jackson is how much does he have left in the tank. Jackson is approaching that magic age of 30 where running backs typically are worn out. He also has received a high number of carries in his career after being the focal point of the Rams offense for many years. Despite these concerns many believe that Jackson has another couple years left in him and should be able to provide a boost for an offense looking to round out their offense.
What do you think? Should the Packers make an aggressive move for Jackson? Would you rather them make a play for a younger back? Is the drafter a better option this year?