The New England Patriots are notorious for taking on veteran players who supposedly have nothing left. The St. Louis Rams have put one on the block in workhorse running back Steven Jackson. Could a deal be struck by the NFL draft?
Rams might shop Jackson to get more help for Sam Bradford
Head coach Jeff Fischer hasn't wasted time kicking the St. Louis Rams back into shape. Even after losing his defensive coÃ¶rdinator Gregg Williams to suspension, Fischer and the Rams front office has set their sight on a monumental NFL draft where they hold three of the top 39 picks. It's his hope to fill out a young roster with more talent with a focus on talented third-year quarterback Sam Bradford. For the longest time, the only offense St. Louis has had since the Greatest Show on Turf over a decade ago was running back Steven Jackson. Now getting up in years, the Rams have hinted at an interest to trade their old workhorse given his contract status. Even with injury problems Jackson is still considered one of the top backs in the league and could bring instant help in the right situation. So where are the best places for him? While many teams might have some interest, one need only look at the entire AFC East division. Anyone from the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets has good reason to pick up the phone. However, it's the top team in that division that may need him the most.
Loss of BenJarvus Green-Ellis puts Patriots in market for Tom Brady help
The New England Patriots went to the Super Bowl last season but the 2012 offseason has overturned their roster. While Tom Brady drives their offense, the key losses of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and tackle Matt Light create two holes that need filling. With a host of draft picks including two in the first round, New England has the ammunition and guts for a deal to happen with the Rams. Anyone who has seen their history knows they like taking old veteran players considered washed up. They did it with running back Corey Dillon back in 2004. Bringing Jackson to Foxboro could take loads of pressure off Brady and at the same time give St. Louis another high pick to rebuild their team.
Steven Jackson wants a new deal. If the St. Louis Rams don't give it to him, they have little time to field offers from other teams. Since the New England Patriots lost BenJarvus Green-Ellis they are at the top of the list to call. Neither Tom Brady nor Sam Bradford would have a reason to complain.