St. Louis Rams' running back Stephen Jackson is expected to void his $7 million option in order to test the free agent market. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 13, Jackson will make this decision before March.
The Rams and Jackson have not had any discussions since the season ended on his contract situation and the Post-Dispatch says that all signs point to Jackson making the move away from the only team he has played for in his NFL career.
Jackson said in January that he wanted to sit down with the team and figure out his role and where he would fit in for 2013. He said he thought they would get it resolved before March. With March only two weeks away, the two parties have not made any progress at all.
St. Louis said they want Steven Jackson back in a Rams' uniform in 2013 but the $7 million they owe him for next season might hurt the team more than help them. They are currently over the cap for 2013 and need to clear some space before the NFL Draft.
Jackson has run for 10,135 yards in his impressive nine-year career in St. Louis and has eight straight 1,000-yard campaigns. He is the leading active rusher playing in the NFL today, but at 29-years-old, his best days might be behind him. Not many teams will give an injury-prone running back a big contract in today's NFL.
The best bet is for Jackson to void his deal, look around the free agent market, and then re-sign with the Rams at a more cap-friendly rate.