Falcons Sign Free Agent RB Steven Jackson

4:43 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson jumps as he runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Atlanta Falcons have signed free agent running back Steven Jackson, a move they announced Thursday on their website

A former St. Louis Ram, Jackson was signed to a three-year contract but the financial terms have not yet been disclosed.

He voided the final year of his contract with the Rams after nine seasons and 131 games with the team, according to KSDK-TV in St. Louis.

According to ESPN, Jackson brings 10,135 rushing yards and 3,324 receiving yards to an Atlanta offence that recently released lead back Michael Turner. Only three rushers in NFL history have a longer streak of consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons: Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin and Barry Sanders.

Yahoo! Sports says Jackson was also courted by the Green Bay Packers before signing with Atlanta.

The three-time Pro Bowler hasn't released a statement but has already updated his Twitter profile to reflect the signing.

NFL.com reports the Falcons will play host to the Rams during the 2013-14 season.



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