Rams running back Steven Jackson is already thinking about the future. 2009 that is. It’s then that Jackson, unless he gets a new deal done by then, is set to be a free agent as his rookie contract is set to expire. Jackson is talking for the first time about that prospect of being a free agent, and seems to be ready to have a big 08 to have a bigger payday in 2009.
“Well, we all know what happens in a contract year: you ball out,” Jackson said, laughing. “So, I expect to.”
2008 was a tough year for Jackson, as he was injured and was limited to 12 games. Combine his injury with a Rams O-line that was ravaged by injuries, and Jackson was barley able to get over 1000 yards, with 1002. He also scored just five times after crossing the goal line 13 times in 2007. In that same 2007, Jackson was among the best backs in the league, rushing for 1528 yards.
The Rams know that Jackson is a special talent that you don’t come across everyday. They will do their best to try to come up with a fair deal to keep him in the Gateway City, but if a deal can’t be reached, expect Jackson to put out for a great 2008 to ensure he can land a whopper deal in the offseason.