Enough is enough on the Steven Jackson hold out. I don't begrudge him for holding out to this point. It is his right and this isn't the first time something like this has happened. It doesn't tarnish Orlando Pace's career. It didn't tarnish Marshall Faulk's career. It is a business and these things sometimes have to happen. But now is the time for the standoff to end. The team has left Wisconsin to return to St. Louis and by the end of the week the team will have played two pre-season games. The time is now to get back in camp.
The more rumblings you hear about the situation the more I believe that Steven is either getting bad advice or he is not listening to the advice of his management staff. From all reports the two sides aren't that far away in terms of dollars. Add to that the Rams have historically taken good care of their stars. The examples being Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Isaac Brcue and Orlando Pace. The Rams track record is good in this category.
If it isn't the Rams then the questions start rising up about Steven and what he is thinking. He has already fired one agent and hired another one. There are rumblings that he is now looking for a third one. There are even rumblings about family members getting involved in the situation. When you start seeing and hearing these things it sounds to me like there are some unrealistic expectations in the Jackson camp. The truth about Steven Jackson is he has had one super season. Two pretty good seasons and his rookie season. He is a tremendous player no doubt. But is he the best in the NFL? I don't think so. Is he top 5? Maybe. Top 10 certainly.
From all reports the Rams are ready to pay him handsomely. That being said if Steven doesn't get himself ready to play for the first game of the season I might reconsider my position if I were the Rams. The fact is running back is one of the most replacable positions in the NFL. Would there be a drop off if Jackson left and you had to go to the draft or free-agency to get a running back? Sure. But if Jackson is ready to scuttle any chance of your struggling franchise has of winning then he probably doesn't need to be here in the first place.
The Rams have stated that they are placing a greater emphasis on character. If that is true and Steven wants to continue this stupid game then that is fine. We now know what his character is. I know he is a little past his prime but Shaun Alexander is still sitting out there in free agency. Maybe it is time to make a phone call for #37? We already got one Rams killer in Josh Brown. Maybe it is time for another former Seahawk?