• SJax Is Making It Tough To Say Good-Bye

      A few weeks ago, we learned that the Rams and Steven Jackson had made a deal that will allow SJax to opt out of his contract and become a FA at the end of the season. After this was revealed, there was a lot of speculation about a possible trade to a contender, though a deal never materialized (and, perhaps, was not even seriously discussed).

      Throughout all of this, the general sentiment of Rams' fans was best characterized as a general acceptance of the inevitable. SJax was a nearly 30 year old RB who was trudging through a mediocre season (403 yards, 3.7 ypc in 8 games).

      Then... after the bye week, a funny thing happened to our workhorse on the way to the glue factory.

      In the last three weeks, Steven Jackson has come alive. In three games, he has 66 carries for 321 yards (4.9 ypc). He'd likely have significantly more yards if the Rams had not inexplicably handed him the ball only 13 times against the Jets. He also has scored a TD (only his second of the season) and caught 4 passes for 31 yards over this three game stretch.

      So what does this mean?

      Is this merely SJax going out in a blaze of glory before moving on to a new city in 2013?

      Or, perhaps, could the news of SJax's demise in St. Louis be greatly exaggerated?

      There is certainly a scenario in which bringing back SJax in 2013 makes a lot of sense. If he is willing to sign a deal that (1) lowers his cap number to around $4M, and (2) does not lock him or the Rams in for an extended period (perhaps a 1 year contract with options for additional years), I'd say its time for Rams' fans to chant "ONE MORE YEAR!"

      Remember, in addition to being a still productive runner, SJax does not fumble, is a good receiver, and is above average in picking up the blitz. Even if the Rams move towards more of a "RB by committee" approach, he would have great value as part of the platoon.

      So, perhaps, its not time to box up those #39 jerseys.

      Perhaps, SJax will be around long enough to help the Rams take the next step towards being a contender.

      As Rams fans, we should hope that is how his final chapter is written.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: SJax Is Making It Tough To Say Good-Bye started by AvengerRam View original post
      Comments 21 Comments
      1. mcpeepants232003's Avatar
        mcpeepants232003 -
        I would love to see Jax come back at something like 2 years 8-10 million. I really don't think he'll get much more than that on the open market.

        Of course he may want to play for a Super Bowl contender but personally I don't think the Rams are far off from the playoffs. I think we will be in the mix for a playoff spot next year.
      1. LA Rammer's Avatar
        LA Rammer -
        The best i wish for SJax is a superbowl with the Rams or superbowl with another team. He has earned it. It is tough to see great running backs go out quietly into retirement. PLEASE DO NOT TRADE HIM TO WHINERS OR PATSYS!!!
      1. Rambos's Avatar
        Rambos -
        There is certainly a scenario in which bringing back SJax in 2013 makes a lot of sense. If he is willing to sign a deal that (1) lowers his cap number to around $4M, and (2) does not lock him or the Rams in for an extended period (perhaps a 1 year contract with options for additional years)
        If he keeps playing like this his market value is going to go up. The Rams are now claiming this was the plan, to have him split reps early and save him for the second half. OK, but the JETS game was played in the second half of the season and they just did not use him.

        I would like to see SJ signed for two or three more years at the right price and knowing he's wants to finishing a Ram. If he's good with splitting reps and it seems like he is, it will come down to the money it always does.

        I'm glad he is playing great and gets to go out or stay on his own terms he deserves it IMO.
      1. mde8352gorams's Avatar
        mde8352gorams -
        Well stated AV. I agree we should find a way to keep SJax around for at least 2-3 more years at a cap-friendly number. I somehow find it interesting that a team like Green Bay who desperately needs a running game for the post-season wouldn't want him. My instincts tell me he doesn't want to play in Green Bay, which is understandable for a kid who grew up in Las Vegas. It's not about the women, it's the warm weather.

        Bottom line, I think Les and Kevin will find a way to keep a solid player around for a team that could go places in the next few years. I also believe he wants to stay too.

        Go Rams!
      1. Haste's Avatar
        Haste -
        While I like SJ39, I'd hate to see us sign him to a deal and then him to be done from age like other backs who just fell off the cliff.

        I think the only way that he would still produce well would be on high powered teams to take the pressure off of him.

        Teams like the Pats, Packers, Bengals, Bears, and Falcons would be my guesses of where he goes in that order. If he does stay in St. Louis, we need to make our offense a whole lot better for him to continue producing the way he has in recent weeks.
      1. ljcrayton's Avatar
        ljcrayton -
        I give all the credit to Richardson. I think seeing Richardson work so hard to get a spot on the roster and see him give it his all to the point to where he's sharing reps with the best Rams running back in history re-energized Steven Jackson (no offense to Dickerson or Faulk).

        I think the burst of energy and the strive to succeed by Richardson reminded Steven Jackson of who he is...which is the beast and we all remembered why we cherish SJ39 when he took on the all the linebackers and safeties probably the best defense in the league and made them look like rookies (yeah, talking about your whiners.)

        I can't imagine seeing SJ39 wearing any other color. Plus, can you imagine what SJ39 would do if he played against our defense?

        Once a Ram...ALWAYS a Ram.
      1. Fastcat's Avatar
        Fastcat -
        Jackson hasnt ran like this since 06. I love it, but sometimes you have to know when to let go. He may have another season MAYBE two left in the tank. Good teams know when to move on, and im afraid we may unless jax plays for peanuts and cracker jacks.
      1. ljcrayton's Avatar
        ljcrayton -
        If we can get 500,000 fans together and we all agree to give up 6 dollars, we can pay him under the table and then he can take a huge salary cut and still play for us.


        I say we get this petition started. I mean seriously, what's six dollars? That's not even enough for a big mac meal.
      1. JPPT1974's Avatar
        JPPT1974 -
        To lose him would be a big blow. As hopefully that they will get it together in 2013! Let's not lose him! As losing him would mean the end about. Not nearly the end but still!
      1. gap's Avatar
        gap -
        Quote Originally Posted by ljcrayton View Post
        If we can get 500,000 fans together and we all agree to give up 6 dollars, we can pay him under the table and then he can take a huge salary cut and still play for us.


        I say we get this petition started. I mean seriously, what's six dollars? That's not even enough for a big mac meal.
        Where do I sign up?


        gap


        EDIT: I'd even do $60, so we would only need 50,000 fans to get on board. If the NFL catches us, we could ask for the Debartilo mulligan.
      1. VegasRam's Avatar
        VegasRam -
        I have been a fan for 50 years, but have only bought one jersey. You might say "Huh?", but I never got into buying jerseys.
        Anyway, I hope he retires a Ram.

        Speaking of jerseys, at the game this weekend, the old blue and yellow outnumbered the current colors probably 3-1, and of those, I'd guess half were either Youngblood or Dickerson. Kinda' cool - reminded me of 'back in the day'. Rams were well represented - all in all, a great weekend.

        And we won absent DA, except that one great catch. Is he a stud or what.
      1. bruce4life's Avatar
        bruce4life -
        Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam View Post
        I have been a fan for 50 years, but have only bought one jersey. You might say "Huh?", but I never got into buying jerseys.
        Anyway, I hope he retires a Ram.

        Speaking of jerseys, at the game this weekend, the old blue and yellow outnumbered the current colors probably 3-1, and of those, I'd guess half were either Youngblood or Dickerson. Kinda' cool - reminded me of 'back in the day'. Rams were well represented - all in all, a great weekend.

        And we won absent DA, except that one great catch. Is he a stud or what.
        Deacon jones, Faulk, warner, Bruce all the old school jerseys were out in the desert this weekend.

        The best part of the game was with 2 mins left all the rams fans started cheering and standing. You saw Chris long, James laurentitis and Truman's Johnson acknowledge us...
      1. Trevor's Avatar
        Trevor -
        I get all teary eyed with the though of Steven Jackson leaving. It will hurt just like when Isaac Bruce left.
      1. Dwight Frye's Avatar
        Dwight Frye -
        Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
        I get all teary eyed with the though of Steven Jackson leaving. It will hurt just like when Isaac Bruce left.
        This.

        Please don't go Jack .... Favorite Ram back EVER!
      1. macrammer's Avatar
        macrammer -
        Hacksaw Reynolds, Jerome Bettis, Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Tory Holt .....it happens....never takes away my affection and respect for them as Rams.....
      1. Fortuninerhater's Avatar
        Fortuninerhater -
        I'd like to have him back, but at an even lower rate than Avenger suggested. Maybe 2.5 to 3.5 million dollar range will do the trick. At 30, I doubt that he'd get much more than that on the open market.
      1. jjigga3000's Avatar
        jjigga3000 -
        The Rams are not playing to win the SuperBowl this year, but maybe we'll be in play next year, If we bring in a playmater on offense i.e. a number one option receiver, and a couple more playmakers on D say a good safety not Dahl. Steven could finally win a SB in St. Louis.
      1. RealRam's Avatar
        RealRam -
        In addition to his worth as an elite NFL RB, Jax has also been exemplary in terms of team loyalty. We are fortunate to have him with us, a strong and savvy veteran.

        There's plenty left in the SJ tank. ...So don't let him go!
      1. Guam rammer's Avatar
        Guam rammer -
        I want what SJ wants and thats to get this team to the playoffs and make some noise. If he continues to play this way the next few games i think the team keeps him but only if he accepts a lesser contract with probably a reduced role...no brainer. The only way SJ gets traded is if his restructured deal is just too unreasonable. And thats where the business side of this game takes over. The only thing i ask is don't trade him to the two teams i hate most. The ****** and that stinkin team from seattle.
      1. bruce4life's Avatar
        bruce4life -
        Jackson stuck with us through thick and thin. I think it would be a huge boost in team chemistry and morale going into the offseason if we resigned SJ39 to a 2-3 yr deal for 12-15 million. He deserves one last hurrah with the only ballclub he's known.
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