October 25, 2014

Packers talking with FA running back Stephen Jackson

Steven Jackson-UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt

Steven Jackson-UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt

The Green Bay Packers were reportedly discussing a three-year contract with free agent running back Steven Jackson on Wednesday.  A deal with Jackson was actually part of an ESPN tweet Wednesday afternoon but that tweet was quickly deleted.  Jackson was a thousand-yard rusher (1,042 yds) last season with the St. Louis Rams, averaging 4.1-yards per carry.  He’s rushed for 1,000 yards or more in eight straight seasons and averaged around 45 catches a year during his career.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of interest for Jackson.  Besides the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons are the other team that have shown interest in his services.  He turns 30 in July and is nearing 2,400 carries (2,395) for his career.

Meanwhile, free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings entered free agency on Tuesday, looking for a deal that would pay him in the neighborhood of $12-million annually.  After missing 11 games over the last two seasons with injuries, Jennings isn’t drawing any interest at that price.  It’s expected he’ll eventually land a deal that will pay him about half of his original asking price, somewhere between 6 and 7-million annually.

The Packers could sign both.  If they do, it would likely trigger more cuts to create more cap space with extensions for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews looming.