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RB Steven Jackson: One more year


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Only once in 11 NFL seasons did running back Steven Jackson make the postseason. That’s why the 31-year-old free agent wants another try in 2015.

“I don’t want to go to a team that is rebuilding and needs me to come on and teach guys how to be professional,” said Jackson, who was rumored to be under consideration in Dallas and Jacksonville in March. “I’ve done that. I’ve been more than vocal about wanting to help young guys, but at some point I have to be a little selfish. I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control.”

At age 31, it’s doubtful many teams would consider Jackson as a backup running back, which typically calls for a role on special teams. And while he has 11,388 rushing yards in his career, he was unable to excel as the starter for the Atlanta Falcons after leaving the St. Louis Rams. Jackson joined the Falcons in 2013 but averaged 3.5 yards per carry in 12 games and totaled 734 total yards. He had 707 yards on 190 carries in 15 games in 2014.

“I have all the things I’ve accomplished personally, but I’ve still never been on a team that won more than eight games,” said Jackson. “That would be definitely one of the things that I’m looking for is that opportunity in my next chapter.”

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