Rams running back Steven Jackson is about ready to become a free agent as he is fully expected to opt out of the final year of his current contract and test the market.
The Denver Broncos may be in the market for a veteran power runner if they cut Willis McGahee, which is a possibility. So, could this be a good marriage between player and team? Craig Moir, a Broncos writer for RantSports.com, says yes.
"Jackson, at 29 years old, is one of the best backs in the NFL, and might be just what the doctor ordered for the run that the Broncos plan to make over the next couple years with Peyton Manning at the helm," Moir wrote. "... McGahee has been a good addition to the Broncos, but he will be 32 in October and will not be the type of game-breaking runner that Jackson could be behind their offensive line."
It's total speculation, and it's a situation that I don't see happening. Let's break down this article with the help of this one sentence:
"At 31 years old, McGahee is coming off a major injury, and because of his salary and age, he very well might become expendable."
Injury: McGahee missed the final six games of the season because of a torn MCL and compression fracture in his right knee. If the team wants to get a sturdier running back, Jackson has missed just three games over the past four years. Yet, don't overlook McGahee's toughness. Prior to that knee injury he played in 56 of 58 games since the start of 2009.
Salary: McGahee is owed only $2.5 million next season and $2 million in 2014. That's not a lot of money for a guy who has averaged 4.5 yards per carry over the past two seasons and certainly less money than the Broncos would be giving to Jackson.
Age: Jackson is two years younger than McGahee, but he has taken on about 650 more touches during his career. He has so much more wear on his tires, and that really negates the small age gap. And because of that wear, Jackson is not a "game-breaking runner." He is a strong runner, but he's not going to blaze defenses. Neither will McGahee, but let's not act as if Jackson is so very different.
Plus, it seems that while Jackson will see what awaits him as a free agent, his heart is still in St. Louis, and the Rams will push hard to re-sign him. I don't think he wears another uniform in the NFL.
All in all, this article makes absolutely no sense to me. But hey, it's a slow time for football news.