Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick (98) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Could Steven Jackson Be The Newest Dallas Cowboy?


The NFL trading deadline is this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT and the Dallas Cowboys have been mentioned in possible trade rumors with the St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys were mentioned by ESPN’s Adam Schefter as a possible landing spot for 29 year old running back Steven Jackson. (The NFL moved the trading deadline to Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EDT due to Hurricane Sandy)

There was no official confirmation about the inquiry from either party, but Dallas certainly has a need at the position. On Sunday, Dallas rushed for 19 yards total in a loss to the New York Giants. Starting running back DeMarco Murray has been sidelined with a foot injury. His replacement, veteran Felix Jones, underwhelmed in his performance and is in the final year of his contract. Behind Jones and Murray are inexperienced second year back Phillip Tanner and rookie Lance Dunbar.

With Jones on his way out of Dallas and Murray’s injury history, a stable force at running back could be just what Dallas needs right now. The biggest question is at what price? Dallas has Jones and disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins as possible trade bait. Also to be considered could be wide receiver Dez  Bryant. But if a deal was done between Dallas and St. Louis, I would suspect it would only involve draft picks. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is reporting the Rams will take nothing less than a 3rd rounder for the 9th year veteran out of Oregon State.

The biggest obstacle in this possible trade would involve the salary cap. Dallas is cap stricken as it is and Jackson is in the final year of a recently amended contract. He was signed by the Rams through 2013, but had the final year voided earlier this month to become a free agent at season’s end. Jackson was scheduled to make $7 million next year in base salary, which is the same amount he’s making this season. Pro Talk Football reports the Cowboys’ salary cap to be $5.7 million as of September 2012.

Many Dallas fans will remember Jackson as “the back who got away“. In the 2004 NFL Draft, the Cowboys opted to trade their first round pick (22nd overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their second round pick (43rd overall), fifth round pick (144th overall), and first round pick in 2005. Jackson was selected by the Rams just two picks later. Dallas used their new picks to acquire running back Julius Jones from Notre Dame, tight end Sean Ryan from Boston College and defensive end Marcus Spears from LSU respectively.

Jackson is in the midst of a rather dismal season in St. Louis. So far this year, he has recorded 403 rushing yards and one touchdown. Jackson is averaging 3.7 yards a carry,  the lowest in his career. As the Ram’s lone bright spot for much of his nine seasons, one might wonder just how much tread is left on the veteran’s tires? Especially considering the workhorse manner in which the Rams have used him for so many years.

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  • californy

    I would trade Felix Jones to Detroit for the right to Kellen Moore QB, or a future 6th rd pick which I would use to trade with NO for the right to Chris Ivory, who in two years of ball averages 550 yards as a RD as a 4th string RB

  • californy

    as a 4th string RB

  • onthespot

    Give J jones away..lack of effort and discipline can not be fixed…another N. Dame over rated player….both Jones need to go…

    • jrcowboy49

      Hard to fix stupid (Jones).

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.meinking Randy Meinking

      from arkansas not nd

  • Richard Lee Ochoa

    i Will Like that trade So if Jerry Jones Will Pull the Plug for Steven Jackson Will Become the Newset Dallas Cowboy Uniform We All Want the Bigest Running Back in Dallas Please.

  • Krazy Cowboy

    Out Garrett ,Felix,Romo In Rob Ryan,Jackson,Teo out of Noyre Dame!

  • disappointed Cowboys fan

    Why not trade Dez, Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins for Jackson and picks. The Cowboys need changes everywhere which includes the owner, but we’ll start with this.

  • RahRahStarz

    trade Dez for STephen haha…If this happens im switching over to become a giants fan

  • Frank

    Felix Jones is toast, another bust pick by his father Jerry or, stubborn pick. He wont be back next year anyway. Mike Jenkins needs to stay off the roller skates, never saw anyone fall as much as him and Dez…when you need to watch a guys 24 hours a day do you also need to change his diaper. Get rid of him too.

  • jrcowboy49

    Jackson is too old and not be a viable solution! It is the head coach stupid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chance.streetman Chance Streetman

    It makes no sense to trade for a RB who is not doing anything with a poor O-line, to the Cowboys who have a poor O-line. Jackson is nearing 30 years old, and he can not stay healthy. Dallas would have to sign him to a long term contract, and they are not going to spend a 3rd round pick to only have him for one year. Maybe a one for one trade with Felix Jones and throw in a 5th round pick. But I would not go any higher than that. And that’s even “IF” there is room in the salary cap.

  • Ellis

    I SAY GO AFTER BRANDON JACOBS FIRST, IF NOT STEVEN JACKSON! TRADE FELIX JONES DUE TO LACK OF PRODUCTION AND VERY INCONSISTENT. TO MAKE THE TRADE EVEN BETTER USE JENKINS WITH THE TRADE AND OPEN IT UP FOR MORE TALENT OFF THE PRACTICE QUAD OR JUST GRAB ANOTHER IN THE TRADE..