Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams, Jackson Expected to Meet; Running Back Expects to Void Final Year of Contract, Thus Becoming Free Agent

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams, Jackson Expected to Meet; Running Back Expects to Void Final Year of Contract, Thus Becoming Free Agent

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INDIANAPOLIS The much-anticipated meeting between the Rams and Steven Jacksons agent is expected to take place sometime during the NFL Scouting Combine here, according to league sources. Combine activities began Wednesday and run through next Tuesday.

Jackson, the Rams three-time Pro Bowl running back, is expected to void the final year of his contract and thus become a free agent.

Jackson has until March 12 to make that decision. The Combine- week meeting may shed light on that decision, and may also provide an indication of how far the Rams are willing to go financially to keep him in St. Louis.

Jackson is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2013 under his current contract. As much as theyd like to see Jackson in a Rams uniform, the Rams cant afford to keep him under contract at that figure. They are currently a couple of million dollars over the salary cap, and need to free up cap space to re-sign some of their own free agents, sign outside free agents, and sign their upcoming draft class.

As a practical matter, there is some concern about committing $7 million to a running back who will turn 30 this coming summer.

NO INPUT FROM LIONS

Even though Detroit coach Jim Schwartz spent 10 years working for Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, he said the two didnt talk about wide receiver Titus Young.

No, I did not have any conversations with Jeff about Titus, Schwartz said. Jeff had been around our team a little bit. His son (Brandon Fisher) was on our staff a couple years ago Brandons a good, young coach. And when Jeff was out of work that year, he was coming up to see Brandon. He probably was sitting in the stands for about three or four of our games. So he had some insight (on Young), but not personal conversations.

Just nine days after claiming Young on waivers from Detroit, the Rams waived Young.

Obviously, it didnt work out for us, Schwartz said, speaking of Youngs two seasons with the Lions. Its very disappointing. He was a guy that we drafted in the second round, and was a guy that physically was very productive for us. …

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