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Trade talk persists regarding Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson warms up before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


With the trade deadline only two days away, Rams running back Steven Jackson continues to be at the center of speculation regarding a possible deal that would send him out of St. Louis in his ninth season with the team.

In recent years, there has been speculation that the Rams should ship Jackson to a contending team, given that the Rams were anything but contending. Now that the Rams are truly contending, it’s odd that they’d move him.

But it has been reported this season that the Rams don’t plan on bringing Jackson back next year. If that’s the case, why not get something for him now?

And so Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams have fielded inquiries regarding Jackson. Though he’s not being actively shopped, the Rams are willing to listen.

Suitors include the Packers, who don’t have much of a running game since the injury to Cedric Benson. Then again, they didn’t have much of a running game with Benson.

The Rams would have to get a sweet deal in exchange for Jackson. Otherwise, it could be difficult to sell the fans on a decision to send the most popular member of the post-Greatest Show on Turf out of town.