Steven Jackson would like to complete his career with the St. Louis Rams but the organization doesn’t seem driven to make any commitment to the franchise’s all-time leading rusher at this point.
But the Rams and Jackson have come up with a system that will allow Jackson to enter free agency after this season – if he chooses – in an effort to secure a multi-year contract. Jackson is signed through 2013 but in a re-worked contract, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jackson can void the deal after this season and enter free agency.
Jackson has a base salary of $7 million this season and is scheduled to earn $7 million next season. He can stay and earn that money with the Rams or nix the deal and become a free agent. The Rams, of course, could also release Jackson.
A groin injury has slowed Jackson this season but he was running hard Thursday night in a 17-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome. Jackson rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries.
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