Update: Minutes after I posted the piece below, Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com posted “Packers are the early leaders for Steven Jackson.” I guess great minds think alike.
Anyway, in his updated piece, Florio says that despite all the talk about the Atlanta Falcons, it’s the Packers who have emerged.
“Previous reports linked him to the Falcons,” Florio writes. ” A league source with knowledge of the running back market tells PFT that the Packers are believed to be the current leaders to land Jackson’s services.
So, as I write below … the chatter linking the Packers and Steven Jackson doesn’t seem to die down and, in fact, is heating up.
Below is the first post I wrote prior to Florio’s post:
Last weekend, the conversation between Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson caused quite a stir among fans of the Green Bay Packers.
And it seems that while the Atlanta Falcons continue to be the most talked about landing spot for Jackson, mention of the Packers’ interest continues.
As reported today on acmepackingcompany.com, Jackson could still be in the Packers’ crosshairs. However, the website story refers to a “report,” but includes only a link to a tweet from Evan Massey, a “sportswriter/reporter, and all-around fan,” who works at bleacherreport.com.
There was this particular report, however, “Report: Cincinnati Bengals Covet Running Back Steven Jackson,” where the Packers are included as one of the teams that “covet” Jackson.
That aside, mention the name of Steven Jackson among the Packers faithful and a near roar will rise. Because the Packers’ anemic running game has placed Aaron Rodgers and his receivers in danger game in and game out, Packers followers are dying for someone in the backfield who can do some damage. Whether that person is Jackson, DuJuan Harris, Cedric Benson, James Starks or John Kuhn remains to be seen. Heck, mention the name of Ahman Green and fans would probably say he’s better than what the team has now.
However, now that free agency has officially started, speculation about all sorts of possibilities is still fresh in the air. Whether the Packers are truly interested in Jackson remains to be seen.
But one thing is for sure – if it were up to the Packers faithful, he would have been in Green Bay long ago.
Stay tuned …