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Inside Free Agency - Day 12: Steven Jackson

Posted Feb 21, 2013

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013


The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.
 
You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

DAY 12 of 30

Before the Rams regular season finale in 2012, Steven Jackson talked about possible retirement, uncertain if he’ll return to the team, leave in free agency or hang up the cleats.

If Jackson is in the NFL in 2013, here's a look at what he'll likely bring to the table.
 
Name: Steven Jackson
Position: RB
Height: 6'2
Weight: 240
College: Oregon State
Born: July 22, 1983 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Age: 29
Experience: 9 years
Drafted: 2004, 1st Round-24th pick by St. Louis Rams

STRENGTHS:

Jackson has been a workhorse for the Rams, especially since 2005, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in every season.

2005-1,046

2006-1,528

2007-1,002

2008-1,042

2009-1,416

2010-1,241

2011-1,145

2012-1,042

Receiving Skills

Jackson has had at least 40 receptions in six of the past nine seasons.

He recorded 38 receptions in only 12 games played, during the 2007 season, which followed his 90 grabs in 2006.

Adaptability

Jackson has had three different offensive coordinators in each of the past three seasons, while still finding ways to pound out yards.

Reliability- Steven Jackson runs tough on each and every play, all the time.

Jackson's career-stat line: 131 games (119 starts), 2,395 carries, 10,135 yards (4.2 yards per carry avg.), 56 rushing TDs, 407 receptions, 3,324 rec. yards and 8 TDs

WEAKNESSESS:

Injuries

Jackson has sustained a variety of injuries throughout his career, which has limited him to only three-full NFL seasons (2006, 2010, 2012). 

FINAL TAKE:


"I think he's the best back no one really celebrates. His age and service time are a concern, but he's a warrior and a guy you want on your team," ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian said of Jackson.

"If the price is right, a contender could get him for two to three years and feel pretty good about it. I think he could be a Corey Dillon-like find but without the baggage. He's a true blue guy."

I have seen very few guys run as physcially tough as Jackson, who still has plenty left in the tank. If he is motivated, sticks to his strong work ethic and can stay healthy, he's a bonus to any team.

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