Count me in the camp of those yawning about Steven Jackson not being in camp and holding out for a better contract. I understand that Jackson is not the most beloved athlete to ever play in St. Louis, and this wrankles those fans, but in reality it is not detrimental to the team to not have him there. The story might change for me if we are a month from now and he still isn't in camp but it is more important now for everyone to be on the same page.
If you follow the NFL at all this really shouldn't of been a surprise that Steven is holding out. Contracts in the NFL are barely worth the paper they are written on. The owners can tear them up and not pay the player it they aren't performing. Steven is in the position now with one year left on his contract to force the hand of the Rams ownership and he is electing to use that option.
When the dust settles on all of this the Rams and Steven will be on the same page and there will be a deal completed. He will not hold out into the season and the Rams won't hold him up on the money he is going to have coming to him.
The biggest thing to come out of this to me is the glaring hole that the Rams have at the backup running back position. Antonio Pittman and Brian Leonard is all that is back there right now and that doesn't exactly scare anyone around the NFL. I am still not sure about Brian Leonard's role to this day. I am hoping that Al Saunders finally brings a plan on how to use Brian effectively. Last season he just looked lost out there. As far as Pittman goes he showed me a little something last year but he certainly doesn't look like a starting every down running back for an NFL team. Those are major concerns if Jackson gets injured this season.
The reality of the situation is that it is more important to have a healthy Steven Jackson ready to go for September 7th against the Eagles. As long as he gets one or two exhibition games under his belt he should be fine and ready to go. Count me as one who is not overly concerned about Steven Jackson not being in camp.