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If Steven Jackson decides to opt out of his contract with the Rams, should the Cardinals take interest in him?
One of the more popular names that may be hitting the free agent market this offseason is Rams running back, Steven Jackson. He has the ability to void his contract given to him by the team, which would make him a free agent. So, as we always do, we have to ask: should the Cardinals look into signing Jackson should he hit the open market?
There are, as always, pros and cons to this idea. The pros are that Jackson is one of the better backs this league has seen in a long, long time. He was a dominant force for the Rams a few years back, which was amazing to watch due to his tremendous, fullback-like size. He could also upgrade a thin Cardinals running back corps. Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams have proven that they cannot stay healthy (which is a problem for Jackson as well) and LaRod Stephens-Howling is a free agent.
The biggest con, of course, is Jackson's age and the amount of wear and tear on his aging body. The 29 year old back will inevitably find a home if he leaves the Rams, but one has to wonder how much gas he has left in the tank after the exorbitant amount of snaps he has taken over the years. Rarely do older free agent running backs pan out. Still, he has rushed for over 1,000 yards every season outside of his rookie year in 2004. That is almost unheard of.
Jackson may agree to come to Arizona, as he is good friends with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and he knows the team due to how many times he has played against them.
This whole point could be moot, as S-Jax could just decide to stay in St. Louis. But if he doesn't, should the Cardinals inquire about his services? Tell us in the comments section below.