ST. LOUIS (KMOV) --According to multiple national reports the Rams have been contacted by several teams interested in discussing a trade for running back Steven Jackson. The Green Bay Packers seem especially interested. The Packers best running back, Cedric Benson, will likely miss the next month with a foot injury. Green Bay would like to upgrade its running game, and Jackson would appear to be a good fit for the Packers.
With the Rams apparently going nowhere again, is it time to move Jackson? I don’t think so. I don’t think the Rams could get enough in return to have a deal make sense. Jackson is 29 years old now, and owed more than 3 million dollars for the rest of this season. His best days are almost certainly behind him, but he’s still a solid running back. The Rams aren’t likely to get more than a 4th or 5th round pick for Jackson. Maybe not even that much. The draft is a crapshoot when you’re picking in the first and second rounds, much less in the 5th, 6th or 7th. It’s not like the Rams have a history of drafting high impact players in the late rounds. I think most teams overvalue their draft picks anyway. Every coach and general manager seems to think they’ll be able to turn around their team if they can just get a few more draft picks. We’ve heard that refrain around here for a long time. How’s that worked out? And that’s with the Rams usually picking very high in the draft. If you’ve got a quality player like Jackson it makes more sense to do whatever you can to keep him, not trade him away for another longshot draft pick.
Jackson will be a free agent after this season and it seems unlikely the Rams will throw a lot of money at him to keep him here, but stranger things have happened. Jackson may still have three or four solid years left in him. He’ll be a very difficult guy to replace. Play out the season, see how he does the rest of the way, and then make a decision on whether to try to keep him here. If he signs elsewhere as a free agent, so be it. I’d hate to see them deal away one of their best players of the last decade for a late round pick.
The league’s trade deadline was originally set for Tuesday of this week, but because of Hurricane Sandy the deadline has been extended to Thursday.