NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported the veteran running back agreed to terms on a contract Thursday with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a team source. ESPN's Adam Schefter had the first report, and the Falcons later announced that Jackson has agreed to a three-year contract.
Jackson, 29, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the St. Louis Rams, racking up 10,135 yards and 56 rushing touchdowns as one of the NFL's premier rushers. Jackson asked for and was given the ability to void his contract with the Rams with the goal of catching on with a contender in a featured role.
This makes him a potentially ideal fit with the Falcons, who recently cut ties with Michael Turner. Jackson should see plenty of work, though expect Jacquizz Rodgers to get his touches as a change-of-pace option.
Now, Jackson joins a veritable All-Star team in Atlanta. The Falcons' offense was dangerous last season with quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez. If Jackson plays to his reputation, there is no ceiling.
"For nearly a decade, Steven Jackson served as an inspiration for his St. Louis Rams teammates and our fans," the statement read. "Off the field, his generosity and unselfishness improved the lives of many families in the St. Louis community. We will always be thankful for his contributions to our team and region and wish him success moving forward."