Although running back Steven Jackson remains a free agent, he doesn't want to retire, but he also wants to play for a winning team, reports ESPN.com. "I don't want to go to a team that is rebuilding and needs me to come on and teach guys how to be professional," Jackson said. "I've done that. I've been more than vocal about wanting to help young guys, but at some point I have to be a little selfish. I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control." Jackson, 31, has only been to the postseason once during his 11-year career and he hopes to find an opportunity on a playoff-caliber team. "That's the thing," Jackson said. "I have all the things I've accomplished personally, but I've still never been on a team that won more than eight games. That would be definitely one of the things that I'm looking for is that opportunity in my next chapter." Regardless of which team he plays for in 2015, he said there is one team he would like to end his career with. "I definitely want to retire as a Ram," Jackson said. "It's definitely something I want and that would be to go back."
Though he's without a team at the moment, running back Steven Jackson has no plans to retire. The Falcons officially released Jackson Thursday night, with immediate questions emerging about his future. On his own website, though, Jackson posted a statement saying he isn't hanging up the cleats just yet. "A lot has been written lately about my future," Jackson wrote. "There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game -- let's just say you were really feeling me at that point. "Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior's heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it." Jackson also admitted his two seasons with the Falcons were a disappointment as the organization did not reach the postseason in either season. He combined for only 1,250 yards in 2013 and 2014 after posting eight consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards when he was with the Rams.
The Falcons released running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, the team announced. Jackson was owed $3.75 million in 2015, but with running back Devonta Freeman on the roster, it appears Jackson is expendable. In 2014, Jackson rushed for 707 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries. By cutting Jackson, the Falcons saved $3.7 million against the salary cap, reports the NFL Network.
Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wouldn't say whether veteran Steven Jackson will be back with the Falcons, saying only that he's still evaluating the running backs, reports ESPN.com. The website does not expect the Falcons to retain Jackson, who's owed $3.75 million in 2015. Shanahan said he loved running back Devonta Freeman coming out of college. Freeman averaged 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie but caught 30 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons part ways with Jackson, who turns 32 this summer, Freeman would be in for a sizable workload.
The following players were ruled inactive for the Falcons in Week 17 against Carolina: cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Charles Godfrey, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Stansly Maponga, quarterback Sean Renfree, tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Tyler Starr. Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.
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