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The Falcons have agreed to a free-agent contract with former St. Louis Rams
running back Steven Jackson
The Falcons have made re-signing their own players the main focus of offseason personnel moves the past few years, but the team was in need of a starting running back after releasing Michael Turner
. One of the NFL’s most physical rushers, the Falcons are counting on the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Jackson providing the same hard-charging style that Turner did the previous five seasons in Atlanta.
Jackson, 29, has rushed for at least 1,000 yards the past eight seasons for St. Louis. Jackson, a 2004 first-round draft pick, opted out of the final year of his Rams contract to test the free-agent market.
The Green Bay Packers
also had expressed interest in Jackson.
Jackson now joins a standout offensive cast that includes quarterback Matt Ryan
, tight end Tony Gonzalez
, and wide receivers Roddy White
and Julio Jones
The Rams selected two running backs (Daryl Richardson
and Isaiah Pead
) in last year’s draft who are expected to compete for the starting spot during training camp.
ESPN first reported the news of Jackson’s signing. Financial terms weren’t immediately available