Packers Want Steven Jackson

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Steven Jackson

The NFL’s trade deadline is this week (it was moved back from Tuesday to Thursday because of Hurricane Sandy) and the Green Bay Packers are reportedly looking to make a move — for St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.

This isn’t the first time the Packers have been connected to Jackson, who seems to be taking a back seat to rookie Daryl Richardson, but that doesn’t mean a move is imminent.

Dallas, Arizona and Pittsburgh are also reportedly interested in the 29-year-old. The one thing that is for sure is the Rams are looking to move on.

Both Jackson and the Rams have mutually agreed to let him opt out of his contract after the season.

We’re not really sure the move would make sense for the Packers, since no one can open a hole for Alex Green. Then again, Jackson is a bruiser who can break tackles and that’s obviously what you need when your back is always getting hit in the backfield. Cedric Benson, who also fits that mold, was effective before going down with a foot injury.

The question then turns to how much Jackson has left. He’s had more than 1,000 yards in seven straight seasons. He has 403 so far this season and is averaging 3.7 per carry. So the evidence suggests Jackson has some left in the tank.

It’s hard to see Ted Thompson paying much for a guy who might only be with the team for half a season though.

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28 Comments on "Packers Want Steven Jackson"

  1. AZ Pack

    This would be awesome, however I don’t see it happening. Fast Teddy is not going to let any future draft picks go, nor is he going to let go of any starters right now as we’re starting back ups in several areas. He’ll probably end up in Pittsburgh.

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  3. TyKoSteamboat

    Steven Jackson does alot of commercials too…& hes had alotta injury problems too…
    So he’d fit rite in! =D

  4. nurseratchett

    Considering how hapless the STL receivers are, what about a straight up trade for Finley? I realize he’s a TE & not a WR, but the lambs are deficient all over the offense….

  5. Abe Frohman

    As AZ Pack Fan points out, this is a non-story. I think every single one of us will be more surprised if Fast Teddy does pull the trigger.

    Does this move make sense? I think it does – but depends upon what you’ve got to give up to get him.

    Gees does our line SUCK rhino balls. I think Campen has to go.

  6. If our blocking doesnt improve, it doesnt matter who the back is. Seems there is never a hole or somebody hitting the rb right when they get the ball. Having stephen jackson sounds great, but will he be able to do anything with this line?

    • Vijay

      Gotta agree with this assessment. Folks, we have not been able to replace Scott Wells or a healthy Clifton. My vote is to trade Jennings or FINLEY along with Newhouse and a high conditional draft pick to Cleveland for LT Joe Thomas! It’s a long term type move which makes more sense than a desperate one. Now, many people would say who would trade a top LT but for the right deal I guess anythings possible.

      • nurseratchett

        Makes sense if you are trying to protect the best QB in the league….apparently, we aren’t trying that hard. We continue to rely on Rodgers’ feet…

  7. the real russ letlow

    agree with a lot of the opinions here. Our RBs are getting hit in the backfield, seems like every other run. But Green did miss the hole multiple times yesterday, where he might have a busted a big one or two. Maybe a 7th rounder for Jackson, for 8 games and the playoffs. He probably would be as good as what we have now. How much moola is he gonna make? might not be a good cap decision, even for 1/2 of a year.

  8. Mike R

    I think anyone who says the RB doesn’t matter doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about. There was an obvious drop off with Green when Benson went out. Benson was effective and seemed to be getting better. Green couldn’t find a hole if his life depended on it. He is either tripping over his own feet or hesitating in the back field.

    • Kristofer from Oshkosh

      I thought i was the only one who noticed the drop in production when Benson went down with an injury. It seems pretty obvious that there is an inexperienced RB starting right now for the Packers in Alex Green; even James Starks looked a lot better on the field with the couple carries he had during the game than Green, with the coaching staff bringing Starks back slowly (very slowly because they know he has been injury prone, which hopefully he breaks that trend). I think Starks will be starting sometime in the next few games when the coaches feel he is 100%, Green needs more time and experience before he is given a starting role on offense, he looks quick and has good hands, but can’t find a hole if it jumped out in front of him- multiple times I saw a huge running lane off to the left or right from where he was running into a pile of offensive and defensive linemen running straight up the middle, one little stutter step to the left or right on some of those and he has at least a first down.

  9. Shawn iltarion

    Action Jackson is a beast.

    Sign Benson out of free agency, then trade for Steven Jackson?

    Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  10. PackerBob

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we drafted a RB that was (or could be) as good as Jackson? Or signed one before he turned 30?

  11. TyKoSteamboat

    You are all crazy…
    Let’s beat Arizona. Then we have a bye week. Nelson, Jennings, Perry, Woodson & Benson will all be back one by one. Alex Green is a fine running back.

    We all wanted to trade A.J Hawk for Marshawn Lynch 2 seasons ago…ummm, yea..we won the Superbowl then & losing A.J. may have ged l of that. HELLO?!?!

    • Shawn iltarion

      Great post, Tyko.

      Every year is the same, whether it is the Packers, the Brewers or the Bucks.

      Fans talk of all these trades that never happen, usually suggesting we trade shit and get gold in return. If only…

      From Hoosiers- “THIS is your team.”

  12. Vijay

    Indications are a trade has been requested for #Titans TE Jared Cook. The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow. Cook’s in last year of deal…there’s a trade to release Finley!!! (I know I know…that will never happen). Also, DeAngelo Williams is out there in trade talks.

  13. Stephen

    Why does it matter if they have to pay his salary? If they have enough cap room for right now does it matter? He only has one year left and then the salary cap resets for next season right? Or am I wrong?

  14. mxz600

    How about….TT finally realizes the line sucks…We have one of the worst O lines in the NFL…..The line only gives Rodgers about 2 seconds, he has to earn more time with his feet. Then if Rodgers gets sacked, its his fault for holding the ball too long, even though it was only 3 seconds. The line and tight ends have no clue, or the strength to run block. TT should have re-signed Wells, for only 2 million more than he ended up signing J Saturday for. Rodgers is on pace to be sacked 56 times this year (pathetic). Newhouse is a joke. Sherrod couldnt beat Newhouse out when he was healthy. Apparently Sherrod needs 2 years now, to heal a broken leg (smfh). Even though McCarthy said back in March that Sherrod was healing nicely and should be back soon. I don’t know why Starks isn’t getting more touches…Alex Green is fine, if he has open space, But he goes down as soon as someone touches him. Besides his total indecision, on where to run once he gets the ball. Trade Finley and his drops and big mouth from a O lineman who can block.

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