It was announced at about 3:10 p.m. this afternoon that St. Louis Running back Steven Jackson agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, ending two days of speculation that he was about to sign with the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers, who have lost Erik Walden to Indianapolis as a free agent, let three of their restricted free agents walk (Tom Crabtree, Robert Francois, and Frank Zombo), and offered RFA tenders to cornerback Sam Shields and center Evan Dietrich-Smith, have lost out on Jackson, who just two days ago was said to be heavily courted by Ted Thompson and the Packers.
It also comes off a week of Internet hysteria where Jackson ignited Packers Nation by agreeing with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that going to Green Bay would “make sense.”
Well, apparently the Falcons came through over the past 24 hours to woo Jackson south instead of north. Maybe it was the money (terms are said to be $4 million per year – now that’s a good term for Jackson), maybe it was the fact that the Falcons fell just short of the Super Bowl last season, maybe it was that Ted Thompson wouldn’t budge off of his stance that he wanted Jackson, but only on his terms.
With Greg Jennings in Minnesota today it’s unclear at this point, but Thompson may be in jeopardy of losing not just one potential free agent, but two.
No doubt, the Tweets are flying and Packers Nation is in a tizzy as I hurriedly write this disappointing news.
More to come.