ESPN The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with free-agent running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The Falcons had released running back Michael Turner, the team’s starter last season, before the start of free agency. As expected, Jackson voided his contract with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, making the 29-year-old an unrestricted free agent. He said last week that he wanted to start for whichever team he signed with in free agency. “For where I’m at, going into Year 10, I’m not ready to step back and just become a primary backup or a reduced role guy to be part of a running back by committee,” Jackson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. “I still have a lot left in my tank. I still have a lot left to offer to a team. We’re not talking about someone that’s in Year 12 or 13.” Jackson negotiated for the chance to opt out of his current contract at the end of last season with one year left on the deal.
Great signing by the Atlanta Falcons, many insiders were reporting that Steven Jackson was on the verge of signing a deal with the Green Bay Packers, but he instead turned around and signed with Atlanta.
Although Jackson will turn 30 this season and has a ton of carries under his belt, it seems like he is an ideal fit in the Falcons backfield which he will share with Jaquizz Rogers.
Jackson will work as the power back and he should be very effective as a one-two punch with the speedy Rogers, with whom he should split carries. Jackson is also a solid receiver out of the backfield, which should also be an asset to quarterback Matt Ryan and the high powered Falcons offense.