Packers Still Working on Steven Jackson

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Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson

The Green Bay Packers and free agent running back Steven Jackson are talking contract. They’re talking a three-year contract to be exact.

Rob Demovsky says the two sides are working on the details. Is a deal imminent?

Well, Adam Schefter prematurely tweeted that a deal was done earlier today and then deleted that tweet, so we’re going to go with no. That being said, it looks like the writing is on the wall.

Jackson has stood around and watched on the second day of free agency while other running backs — Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, etc. — signed deals. The market is starting to dry up and that gives the Packers some leverage.

The fact that Atlanta, the other team said to be in the mix for Jackson, doesn’t appear to be that interested also is working in the Packers favor.

The Packers have long been interested in Jackson, but only at their price. The only question is, why a three-year deal for a guy who’s 30? Probably because that’s what the Packers have to give up to get the deal done. The devil is in the details on this one.

The key, for the Packers, is not only paying the price they want, but also structuring the deal in way that won’t kill their salary cap if they part ways with Jackson before the deal expires. Running backs’ production historically drops off when they hit 30, so the chances of Jackson being a starter until he’s 33 are slim.

The Packers need to think about the possibility of releasing Jackson before his deal is up. That’s where things like signing bonuses,  which are prorated over the life of a contract for salary cap purposes, come into play.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

27 Comments on "Packers Still Working on Steven Jackson"

  1. mxz600

    Thats cute the Packers are trying to sign Steven Jackson…..But….I have an idea….How about fixing the fucking O line……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..Rodgers has been sacked 202 times Teddy…..quit fucking around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cd4packers

      they can still fix the Oline…there are some really good prospects available in the Draft. If they pick up Jackson cheap…i am all for it. And getting a good RB will make Defenses pay attention..and get them off of Rodgers for a while anyway…right now, defenses are going to go after Rodgers no matter what…even if you have superman on the oline…the are going to go after Rodgers. So maybe by getting a formidable RB in the mix….would force defenses to ease up on Rodgers a bit…imo.

    • TyKoSteamboat

      If Chance Warmack (#1 rated Guard from Alabama) falls out of the top 15, i wouldn’t mind seeing Teddy T trade-up to nab him.

      Or….. Travis Frederick (#1 rated Center from Wisconsin) He is an early 2nd round projected draft pick & i wouldn’t mind if we traded-up in the 2nd round {instead} to get a guy like him.

  2. Shawn Iltarion

    max600, sacks don’t happen on running plays.

    Run the football = less sacks.

    “I have the gun. So, I give the orders. It is a very simple fucking equation!” – the Ref

  3. Can we take down this iltarion guy please. This use to be a great site to talk football but it’s frustrating seeing these posts.

    I like the idea of Jackson back there. Between him & Harris that might make a nice tandem.

  4. caleb

    How do u kno the packers won’t upgrade their line? I was unaware that getting a running back meant the o line must stay the same.

  5. Chris

    Bruiser back who has done with blazing speed. That’s a guy who can still be very productive at 30/31 yrs old.

    That’s also a guy who can help the Pack in December in the cold.

    Finally, how do you help your defense get better,… by keeping them off the field. Jackson will help them stretch drives out in terms of burning clock.
    This is a good signing within the cautions Monty mentions about not having dead money risks in year 3 of the deal.

  6. Chris

    My bad, meant to say, he has never been a blazing speed guy. So 30/31 yrs old is not as much of a threat as it would be for a speed back.

  7. Doug

    If they can get him for a steal, I’m ok with that. As others have questioned, have we just never found an every down back, or have we not found the linemen to consistently get a back to the second level?

  8. Dustin

    Frederick looks like dog shit, if you want a center you draft that kid out of cal in round 2-3. I doubt we pursue a center though, seem set with EDS

    • Vijay

      Frederick would challenge Lang for the starting role at left guard and be a very servicable backup at Center. But the best O lineman you did not mention on the interior is actually Jonathan Cooper who can also play all three interior spots–in fact, I think he has a chance to be the best guard of all mentioned including Warmack.

  9. GBslacker

    The impact of Jackson’s signing on Finley’s future would be interesting.

    I think I heard that Finley is not due his $3.5mil bonus until the 27th? (can anyone confirm? something from Tyler Dunne?)

    It would be a riot if all the big FA money is spent and he’s forced to face being cut or ditch the bonus, and possibly a cut in salary as well.

    Ted could just laugh and say: “how’s that for chemistry, b’yotch?!”

    • Shawn Shawn

      March 27th is correct.

      It is also correct that if Jennings gets signed, and TT turns to Finley’s contract for relief, YOTTO will be in quite the bind because all the teams that wanted TEs likely already got them.

      Finley indeed might get byotched by all this.

  10. Snarff1

    The O-Line will be fine, we had a lot of injurys and they are young and will grow, all the sacks are not the lines fault. Rogers holds the ball for a long time. He doen’t want to make a INT. He knows that turn overs lose the game. Look at his numbers.

  11. PackAttack

    Why is anyone worried about the Pack signing Jackson? It’s an absolute perfect fit in every way. The fact that’s he’s 30 shouldn’t scare anyone off, foregoing the history associated with RB’s declining when they hit age 30 what about the backs who don’t? Willis MaGahee (31) is still productive, Emmit Smith was 33 when he hit his decline and he was still productive until he hit age 35, Corey Dillon had three productive seasons after going to NE after age 30 and helped them win two Super Bowls, Garrison Hearst, Jerome Bettis, Antowain Smith and John Riggins all had post 30, 31 and 32 year old seasons and the latter of which in Riggins was productive until he hit 35 and shares the most similarities with Jackson in terms of size (6-2/6-3) and strength.

    If there is anything appealing about Jackson it’s his monstrous size, strength, attitude and work ethic. He doesn’t drink, he was raised by a Marine father, he lives in the weight room, is an uncanny leader and devote teammate in the locker room, he’s run for 1,000 yards in 8 straight years on HORRIBLE teams with HORRIBLE offensive lines where defenses have constantly stacked the box against him — and bringing this guy to Green Bay to play with the best QB, best offense with an “improving” offensive line? — I’d say that’s a lot better than putting your hopes in the hands of a guy who went undrafted and been released by two prior teams.

    It’s not like the offense will have to rely on Jackson, he won’t need to run for 1,000 yards but at least he’ll scare defensive coordinators enough to the point where you won’t see the safeties playing 20 yards deep anymore, they’ll have to add at least another man to the box on a RB who averages 4.2 yards per/carry.

    This is a great signing in all estimations and getting Jennings back is absolutely huge for this offense. With Rodgers — this offense is dynamic in all areas and can compete with San Fran, Atlanta and Seattle.

    Improve the O-line through the draft and get Bulaga and Sherrod healthy.

    On defense you get Bishop and Smith back healthy at LB but questions are huge up from on the DL and DE — not sure what Thompson is going to do in the secondary — be nice to see a veteran FA signing but that’s got to be a long shot if Jennings and Jackson sign.

    • Vijay

      This guy is spot on…very well done. I also now like the idea of signing Jackson to a reasonable deal and then go get Bernard Pollard please!!! Had no idea that tackling, loud mouth, machine would be available. Burnett at FS and Pollard at SS??? Ahhhh…one can only dream. He separates receivers from the football, is a great locker room guy (well for a couple years anyway) and he knocks people out of games with legal hits (see Steven Ridley, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski).

      Previously I was all for taking a D Lineman and I still would if it was an affordable, rotation guy but the idea of having another tackles for loss or smack you over the middle guy like Pollard changes my priority. 2 years/ 14M, all guaranteed.

      • PackAttack

        Pollard would be beyond huge. Having him would make that secondary scary again. Who knows what it’s going to look like with Shields, Tramon, Burnett, Heyward or whoever but signing a safety with experience and a proven track record would be enormous.

        I agree totally on the DT front. We need a pass rushing presence up front to compliment Raji and Matthews. How long has it been since we’ve had a legit pass rushing force at D-end?

  12. rebelgb

    I have been a Steven Jackson fan since he came into the league. He comes from a military family and is reported to be a very upstanding person and teammate. He has played for some pretty shitty St. Louis teams and handled it all with class and dignity.

    We sign this guy I will have his Packer Jersey in 2 days….

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  14. rebelgb

    “Ahhh, well… fuck it.
    But, hey!
    we’ve got Kuhn (and, fortunately, a good punter…)”- GBslacker.

    ^^ I LOLed…..

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