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Packers “Covet” Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson

The Green Bay Packers have been connected to soon-to-be-former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson more than once. They even tried to trade for him.

Apparently the Packers still covet Jackson, even though he’s about to be 30. Buried at the bottom of this article about the Atlanta Falcons free agent wish list is the nugget that the birds will have competition for Jackson from, among others, the Packers.

Jackson is also reportedly coveted by Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Green Bay.

We’re about to see just how much the Packers really covet Jackson, if at all. He’s one of the more high-profile players that will hit the free agent market today. Those types of players usually have deals before the first weekend of free agency is over.

If the Packers really want to join the conversation, Ted Thompson will have to go against form. Traditionally, that has meant standing around with the proverbial thumb in the ass until there are only free agent scraps left. That strategy won’t work if the Packers really want Jackson.

Should they want Jackson?

Well, Jackson is a big name who’s rushed for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons. However, he’ll be 30 in July and running backs have been known to fall off the production cliff when they turn 30. The Rams were going to put Jackson in a part-time role in 2013 if he hadn’t voided the final year of his contract.

Obviously, he’s a short-term solution, but the Packers could probably find worse short-term solutions.

Monty McMahon

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



  1. TyKoSteamboat March 12, 2013

    I’ve always liked this guy. If the price is right…

    I couldn’t believe Teddy T made a move at Benson last year…so, anythings possible.

  2. Adam March 12, 2013

    Even if his production starts to fall off because of the “30 year cliff”, a Steven Jackson at 80% of what he once was is still better than 100% of what we’ve had going for the past 4 years. My only concern is obviously the money.

    We also still have DaJuan Harris who showed glimpses of promise in the opportunities he was afforded. So even an aging Jackson doesn’t have to necessarily be the workhorse he’s been for the better part of the past decade.

  3. Iltarion March 12, 2013

    Last night the season finale of The Bachelor aired. Like I do every season, I screeced “THREE HOURS???” when I hit play on the DVR. Sheesh. They really know how to drag something out on this show.

    Let me tell you, it was worth every minute. I got to see a whole lot of Sean and I cried at the engagement ceremony. They are such a cute couple!

  4. Richard March 12, 2013

    Iltarion sure developed a good sense of humor over the past few months.

  5. Iltarion March 12, 2013

    Props to Iltarion the Lesser for mixing it up. I like it.

    Good stuff.

    I will believe Action Jackson is a Packer when I see it. He would be a good response to the defense the Packers have been seeing for over a year now, but I would prefer money was spent elsewhere and we gave Harris a chance.

  6. Nacho Libre March 12, 2013

    Keep Harris, he showed more productivity than Benson, and it wouldn’t hurt seeing Jackson in a green and yellow jersey.

  7. Lars March 12, 2013

    Jackson and Harris are/would be a vast improvement over Benson, who was running in cement, and the injury prone busts—Starks and Green. Enough screwing around with failed draft picks—sign Jackson for Saturday money 2/$8 and get it over with. If Atlanta brings back Gonzalez at $7 million they may not want to invest in Jackson.

  8. PackAttack March 12, 2013

    Thank you. The guy just sucks — sucks

    1. Iltarion March 13, 2013

      Which one of us? Or both of us?