Steven Jackson opts out of contract with Rams, heads to free agency

Running back Steven Jackson, who has a player option on whether to stick with the St. Louis Rams this season, has decided to void his contract and become a free agent in March.

ESPN reports the Rams and Jackson were in negotiations for most of last year, but the team was unwilling to give him a long-term or big money type of contract.

According to NBC Sports, Jackson is leaving behind $7 million in salary he was scheduled to make as a Ram in 2013.  Head coach Jeff Fisher said publicly he wanted Jackson back, but it was reported that the team was trying to find a way to restructure his contract or get out of it.

Jackson passed the 10,000 yard mark in career rushing last season.  Jackson played his entire career in St. Louis after being drafted out of Oregon State, and has never experienced a winning season in his tenure.

It is quite unlikely a team will offer Jackson as much as he would have made next season, so it’s quite possible he will be looking to sign with a multi-year deal with a playoff contender.

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