There have been plenty of rumors floated over the last two weeks of some star-name players that could be traded before the deadline, which was pushed back to Thursday this week because of Hurricane Sandy.
What fun would it be if backup players that are not easily recognized were rumored anyway?
But St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher moved to put an end to one, saying that veteran running back Steven Jackson is not going anywhere.
“The Steven Jackson rumors are rumors,” Fisher said Tuesday night, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He’s our running back. We’re not calling around, nor are we getting calls for that matter. Put that to rest.”
Jackson wasn’t heavily involved in the 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. He got only seven carries but Fisher said that wasn’t because Jackson was being replaced in the offense or rested to make certain he was healthy for a trade.
“We’re going to lean on Jack down the stretch,” Fisher said.
The Rams need something to lean on. Perhaps that is why they are not entertaining offers for Jackson. Plus, he is earning $7 million this season and that would be a lot of money to take on. The Rams re-did Jackson’s contract and he will be a free agent after the season. With Jackson set to be a free agent, that would make it tough for contending teams to feel they were getting value for a mid-round draft pick, as was rumored.
We’ll see where Jackson winds up in the offseason but Fisher says he is staying put for now.
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