Jackson is retiring from the NFL, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
Jackson is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Rams. The running back recorded eight straight seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards between 2005 and 2012 and was named to three Pro Bowls in his career. He retires holding the Rams' franchise record for rushing yards.
Jackson was on the field for 11 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Jackson, who carried four times for eight yards with a TD in the game, is slated to become a free agent this offseason, and at this stage it's unclear how much interest the Patriots will have in retaining the 32-year-old Jackson, who logged 21 carries for 50 yards and a TD for the team in two regular season contests in 2015.
Jackson gained 16 yards on six carries and secured one of two targets for two yards in Saturday's 27-20 divisional round victory over the Chiefs.
The 32-year-old received limited opportunity on the ground, with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski all on the field for the first time since November. On the other hand, Jackson was essentially the entire Patriots' rushing attack, as James White, who tallied a single carry, was the only other back to tote the ball for New England. With the Patriots' running game a true week-to-week proposition, it remains virtually impossible to project what Jackson's usage might be in the AFC Championship Game next week.
Jackson was on the field for 24 of the Patriots' 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In his second game withe team, Jackson ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 14 carries, while also catching one pass for 20 yards.
Meanwhile, James White saw 23 snaps, while Brandon Bolden was on the field for 17, while also seeing special teams work. As the postseason approaches, the Patriots figure to employ some form of a running back committee, though at this stage, coach Bill Belichick indicates that the team believes that Jackson can help out on all three downs, a scenario that makes the veteran newcomer worthy of targeting in postseason formats, with the understanding that White figures to remain the team's primary pass-catching back.
Jackson ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. He also grabbed his only target for a 20-yard gain.
The veteran was more effective in his second game as a Patriot, but he hit the sidelines early, along with the rest of the starters, because of the team's overall poor showing. Jackson received the most carries of any New England back Sunday, and he should carry a heavy load in the postseason, along with Branden Bolden and James White. The Patriots will go on bye next weekend before beginning their postseason run the following week.
Jackson was on the field for nine of the Patriots' 56 snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Jets, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Jackson carried seven times for 15 yards in his debut with the team.
Looking ahead, we'd expect Jackson's role in the Patriots' offense to increase, but for the time being, Brandon Bolden (27 snaps Sunday) remains in the team's early-down mix, and James White's pass-catching role should remain stable. It's an arrangement that makes Jackson a speculative fantasy play in Week 17 against the Dolphins, though the veteran power back could emerge as a fantasy factor by the time the postseason rolls around.
Jackson is slated to be active Sunday against the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
It remains to be seen how much of a workload the 32-year-old back will see in his debut with the Patriots, but if things go as hoped, he could progress to absorbing a decent share of the team's "big back" duties previously handled by LeGarrette Blount. Jackson's presence will also allow the Patriots to use Brandon Bolden more on special teams, with James White slotting in as the team's top change-of-pace/pass-catching back and versatile newcomer Joey Iosefa on hand for depth purposes.
The Patriots have made their signing of Jackson official
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder brings added size, depth and experience to a New England backfield that has seen both Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount land on IR. It remains to be seen how much of a workload the 32-year-old Jackson will see for the Patriots out of the gate, but as the weeks roll on, he figures to absorb a decent share of the team's "big back" duties, previously handled by Blount. Moreover, his addition figures to allow the Patriots to use Brandon Bolden more on special teams, while James White slots in as the team's change-of-pace/pass-catching back and fellow newcomer Joey Iosefa provides RB/FB versatility.
Jackson is expected to sign with the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports.
Jackson visited with the Patriots last week and previously played under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels while both were with the Rams. Given that familiarity, as well as New England's season-ending injuries to running backs Dion Lewis (knee) and LeGarrette Blount (hip), adding an accomplished tailback like Jackson certainly makes sense. At 32 years old, Jackson's best days are behind him, but his veteran presence should help bolster the Patriots' running back group of James White, Brandon Bolden and Joey Iosefa moving forward.
Jackson will visit with the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
It's not clear just how interested the Patriots are in Jackson's services, but with LeGarrette Blount (hip) out for the season, the team is considering adding him for the stretch run. Jackson is familiar with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels from their days with the Rams, and the two sides have advanced to the point where they are willing to consider a partnership. Expect a report to come out in the near future announcing whether or not they were able to come to a deal.
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.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson will not play Sunday's pivotal regular season finale against the Panthers, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. He compiled 707 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season. If Jackson is inactive, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.
Atlanta opened up as a 2 1/2-point home favorite. The line has now moved to 3 points in favor of the Falcons. The winner takes the NFC South title.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson and wide receiver Julio Jones are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Jackson was unable to practice throughout the week and Jones practiced on a limited basis Friday.
Guard Jon Asamoah (back) and cornerbacks Robert McClain (illness) and Josh Wilson (hamstring) are all questionable as well.
Kicker Matt Bryant (illness) and wide receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Harry Douglas (foot) are considered probable for Sunday.
The Falcons are currently 3-point favorites against the Panthers in Week 17.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hip) and running back Steven Jackson (quad) have been deemed questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Jones was able to practice Friday for the first time in two weeks, despite playing through the hip injury in Week 16. Jackson was unable to practice most of the week, but was seen Friday doing limited work on the sidelines.
Wide receiver Roddy White is also listed as probable after practicing both Thursday and Friday.
The Falcons are 3 1/2-point favorites against Carolina Sunday.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson is expected to miss Week 17's game against the Panthers with a quad injury, according to ESPN.
Jackson missed two straight practices while recovering from the injury.
coach Mike Smith said he hopes Jackson will get a chance to "move around a little bit'' during Friday's practice.
If Jackson is unable to go, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would assume his duties in the run game.
The Falcons are currently 3 1/2-point favorites over the Panthers for Sunday's matchup.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson (quad) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 matchup with the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Jackson missed practice Wednesday and the team promoted running back Jerome Smith from the practice squad. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman are expected to share the workload in the critical regular-season finale if Jackson is indeed sidelined.
The Falcons are a 4-point favorite at home against the Panthers.