This year, thanks to social media and an all-time high in terms of popularity when it comes to the NFL, the trade deadline is actually looking like it will be a pretty interesting one. In baseball, the deadline is unofficially Christmas in July as even if you’re not an avid follower of teams making trades, it’s still entertaining to see big (or popular) names move teams mid-season. The NFL has always lacked that entertainment factor with their trade deadline but interest has picked up in recent years and even if all the “insiders” are blowing smoke with speculation of potential Madden like deals, it’s still fun to hear.
One name you likely won’t be hearing move teams is Rams running back Steven Jackson.
Any other year and Jackson might be on the move, as St. Louis hasn’t been a real contender in about a decade, ironically around the time Jackson came to town — no correlation. But this year St. Louis is actually contending and even if they don’t make the playoffs this year, they’re geared up for a serious run next season and even the year after that. Jackson’s not got a lot left in the tank, but he can still get it done and if his name is being kicked around as a solution at running back for title contenders, he’ obviously going to help out the Rams.
The Green Bay Packers are looking to get a running back and Jackson’s name has been linked to the Cheeseheads, but Ted Thompson loves his draft picks and the Rams would want a hefty sum if they were to give up their franchise running back. If Green Bay wants a back, they’ll likely have to look to Carolina and try to get DeAngelo Williams off their hands, as Jackson is going to be a bit too pricey for their liking.
Jackson hasn’t ever played in a playoff game, and it’s looking like he could very well accomplish that this year without having to swap uniforms. It’s not out of the question that someone will blow the Rams away with an offer, but for the first time in a long time Jackson is a name that will have to be taken out of trade talks as he’s likely stay put at the trade deadline.