Steven Jackson unsure whether to return, retire or test free agency

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Is Steven Jackson contemplating retirement if he does not get the deal he wants in St. Louis? (Credit: AP Photo)

Is Steven Jackson contemplating retirement if he does not get the deal he wants in St. Louis? (Credit: AP Photo)

Before the last game of the season St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson spoke about possibly retiring at the end of the season. Jackson then backtracked and said he was only answering a question posed to him by a journalist.

Now, it appears as though Jackson was serious about retiring. While talking to NFL Network on Friday, Jackson spoke about possibly pulling a “Barry Sanders” and retiring early.

“It’s a possibility for me to go into free agency and hopefully seek out that Lombardi trophy,” Jackson said. “Or even possibly going out like Barry Sanders. I’ve always admired that about Mr. Sanders.”

However, Jackson also said he hoped to sit down with the Rams front office and work out a new deal. If a contract could not be worked out, Jackson says he will chase a Lombardi trophy and try to sign with a Super Bowl contender.

“We’re going to sit down in this next coming month in February,” Jackson said. “Both sides have been very first-class about how we handle the situation. We’re going to talk about my possibilities, where I want to go and does it fit. I believe we’ll get everything resolved before March.”

Jackson has broke 1,000 yards on the ground every year for the past eight seasons. If he cannot re-sign with the Rams, he will definitely be an attract option for a contending team.

If he is willing to sign a cheap enough contract, Jackson could be an attractive option for a team like Atlanta, New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Denver.

Or, he could just re-sign with the Rams.

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