Last fall, after the Packers starting running back Cedric Benson went down to injury and Alex Green turned out to be a sorry replacement, all the talk of the town was that the Packers were going to trade for Jackson. Never happened and I don’t think it ever will. But that didn’t stop John Clayton of ESPN to continue the discussion.
Clayton thinks the Packers are likely suitors and that Packers GM Ted Thompson should put an offer into the hat.
Here’s what Clayton recently wrote:
“I think that would be a great idea. Jackson isn’t going to make $7 million this year. Jackson has until the start of free agency to void the last year of his Rams contract. Although the Rams want him back, I think he will hit the market. If that is the case, Thompson could offer $5 million and see whether that could lure Jackson to Green Bay. He would be perfect for that offense.”
The real question is whether Thompson will even consider going down that road again. He took a turn off his usual beltway last year and signed both center Jeff Saturday and Benson, but those deals didn’t turn out too well in the end. Saturday was benched about three-quarters through the season and Benson was lost after five games with a foot injury.
Does Jackson offer something the Packers need that badly? Yes, their running game is abysmal, but the team needs to address its offensive line first. They could have Adrian Peterson in the backfield and I don’t think the results would be much different than they were for the Packers last year.
The problems with the running game run much deeper than fixing it by signing a big name runner. The team needs some power up front to start opening holes for running backs to run through. After they get the offensive line solidified, things will take care of themselves.
And I feel Steven Jackson won’t even be part of the discussion.