November 11, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) looks on during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers and the Rams tied 24-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Steven Jackson is Atlanta Falcons Priority


St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is expected to void his contract with the team and hit the free agent market. Jackson is a running back nearing the end of his career, but expect there to be loads of interest in the veteran’s services once he is available.

One of the teams that is expected to pursue Jackson is the Atlanta Falcons.

Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are expected to make Jackson a priority:

As far as outside free agents, it appears that Steven Jackson, who reportedly will void his contract with the Rams, will be the top target in light of the release of running back Michael Turner. The reason for his release was a failed physical, according to the NFL’s transactions list.

Jackson could split duties with Jacquizz Rodgers, who had a strong second season. Jackson is an adept pass catcher out of the backfield and fits the scheme.

Atlanta is believed to lock up their own free agents, offensive tackle Sam Baker and safety William Moore, before extending quarterback Matt Ryan and then making a play for Jackson.

On top of Jackson, the Falcons could also pursue defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney.

It’s about to get fun in the NFL with free agency looming, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com as we keep you on top of the latest news and rumors.

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