St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Steven Jackson voided the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams to become a free agent March 12.
The Rams didn’t give Jackson, who will turn 30 in July, a lucrative extension beyond the 2013 season. Instead, he was given the option to void his deal in March 2013.
Jackson is scheduled to earn $7 million in salary for the 2013 season.
Super Bowl contenders looking to add a veteran running back will certainly draw interest in Jackson’s services.
Among them is Atlanta, who have made the playoffs each of the last three seasons, but have failed to make it to the Super Bowl. They were one win away from reaching the Super Bowl last season. Atlanta reportedly plans to release Michael Turner, who is scheduled to make $6.9 million in 2013.
Last October, the Green Bay Packers, who lack a bruising running back, showed interest in Jackson.
Jackson is the Rams’ all-time leading rusher with 10,135 yards, and has 2,395 carries and 56 touchdowns.
The Rams have initiated a youth movement under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead.
They drafted running backs Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson a year ago, with the latter showing promise right away, rushing for 475 yards with a 4.8-yard average.
St. Louis now has the NFL’s youngest roster, according to Elias Sports Bureau.