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Steven Jackson Cut By Falcons

Steven Jackson Cut By Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons decided to part ways with veteran running back Steven Jackson after two seasons. Jackson, who turns 32 in July, was entering the last year of his  three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons that included $4 million guaranteed when the Falcons gave him the boot. The release will save them almost $4 million in cap space.


It is comes to no surprise that the Falcons made this move considering they are in rebuilding mode after hiring a new coaching staff and Jackson being well into the “elderly” years of an NFL running back. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is  going to bring a zone-blocking scheme where running backs are expected to be successful with a one-cut-and-go mentality. Nothing against Jackson skills, but it is better to have a younger running back with fresher legs in a scheme like this than to have a 32-year-old, beat up veteran back.

Steven Jackson gave a statement about his time in Atlanta saying, “In terms of what we hoped to accomplish as a team on the field, my time as a Falcon was a disappointment, but I will always be grateful for how the city and franchise treated me while I was there.”

Jackson gained 1,250 yards on 347 carries with 12 touchdowns in 27 games with the Falcons. He averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per rush in 2013, his first season in Atlanta. When asked about his NFL future, Jackson stated, “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 played his first nine seasons with the St. Louis Rams when they drafted him in the first round back in 2004.


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