Heading into the NFL offseason, one position that you’d figure the New England Patriots wouldn’t address is running back. Aside from Danny Woodhead being a free agent, the Patriots appear to be nicely set up entering the 2013 season.
Nicely set up or not, any team can use all the help that they can get.
Back in 2004 when New England acquired Cincinnati Bengals Corey Dillon he was 29-years-old. Much like Dillon in 2004, Steven Jackson is 29-years-old.
Granted, the Patriots don’t have a need at the running back position much like they did in 2004—you can argue that they even have a need right now. However, you can’t deny the fact that Jackson would look great in a New England Patriots uniform.
There have been reports of Jackson toying with the idea of retiring while there have been reports of him choosing to play another season. However the latest according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is that Jackson will likely void his $7 million option and test the free-agent market.
Now let me ask you this: Wouldn’t you like to see Jackson suit up for the Patriots?
Throughout Jackson’s nine year career, he has yet to have a winning season. All but two of those seasons with the St. Louis Rams were losing years while he’s made just one playoff appearance.
There’s no question that Jackson is a talented running back, as he’s proven to be extremely productive despite playing for a losing franchise. It’s only reasonable to assume that Jackson would love to play for a Super Bowl contender, right?
So why not team up with Tom Brady and one of the NFL’s most impressive running back corps?
Jackson would not only increase his chances of winning a Super Bowl but he’d also be potentially extending his career a few years by limiting his carries with a very young, yet productive, rushing attack.
I think the Patriots would make a great pitch to Jackson, but would New England even want him?
If I’m Bill Belichick, I’d welcome Jackson aboard with open arms.
Jackson is exactly what the Patriots need for two reasons:
- He’s an aging veteran, that’s still productive, and would provide leadership to a very young running back corps.
- Physicality—something New England hasn’t had on the offensive side of the ball since Corey Dillon.
If Jackson is interested in joining a Super Bowl contender, which I’m sure he is, then New England should be the perfect destination.
Keep in mind, the Patriots have plenty areas of need and only pursuing Jackson would solely be a luxury as he’d be another part to throw into an already well-oiled machine that is New England’s running game.