September 19, 2014

Steven Jackson settles for Atlanta (Video)

The Green Bay Packers showed interest in free agent running back Steven Jackson,

Steven Jackson (UPI Photo / Bill Greenblatt)

Steven Jackson (UPI Photo / Bill Greenblatt)

but in the end, the Packers just couldn’t afford the deal.

Jackson signed a 3-year deal worth $12-million with Atlanta, adding a potential key weapon to the Falcons offensive arsenal for the upcoming season.  Jackson’s deal includes $4-million in guaranteed money.

Jackson has rushed for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons and will potentially add a lot to the Falcons attack.  At the age of 30, nobody doubts his ability for the upcoming season.  But what about the next two years after that?

The Packers are roughly $18-million under the salary cap, but they’ll need most of that money to sign Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to extensions.  It’s still possible the Packers could still resign WR Greg Jennings if he’s still available in free agency.  Jennings paid a visit to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday.

The Packers still have a visit planned for free agent running back Peyton Hillis next week.

I talked with Missourinet Sports Director Bill Pollock about the first few days of NFL Free agency this week.