Jackson can void final year of contract
St. Louis Rams running Steven Jackson can void the final year of
his contract after this season in a compromise after talks fell
through on a long-term extension.
The running back confirmed terms of the deal to the Associated
Press on Friday.
”It’s part of the business,” Jackson told reporters. ”I’ve
said that from the beginning that, even in 2004, I wanted to retire
here. This organization gave me the opportunity to live out a
”In 2008 they extended me and at the end of the season we’ll
see what happens with me. But something is happening here and I
want to be a part of it.”
The three-time Pro Bowler is the franchise’s career leading
rusher and the senior Ram after getting drafted in the first round
in 2004. The Rams signed two other core players, defensive end
Chris Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, to long-term
extensions earlier this summer.
Jackson has seven straight 1,000-yard seasons, the longest
active streak in the NFL. He’s making $7 million this season and
would make $7 million in 2013, too, and must notify the team by
early February if he wants to void the deal.
”We want to have Jack back,” coach Jeff Fisher said. ”We want
him to be a part of our future. Jack is one of the major faces of
this franchise and we’d like to give him an opportunity to finish
his career here.”
Jackson has been slowed by a groin injury much of this season
but took a heavier load in Thursday night’s victory over the
Cardinals with a season-best 76 yards on 18 carries for a 4.3-yard
average. He leads the Rams with 271 yards rushing and a 3.5-yard