With Ahmad Bradshaw now gone the way of Brandon Jacobs, the New York Giants are prepared to enter the 2013 season with an open competition for the starting running back job. Second-year man David Wilson, Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott are all expected to step up and earn themselves some carries, but acquiring a veteran back has not been ruled out. And one name that has been brought up a time or two is former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who said on Thursday he'd be open to signing with Big Blue.
"The Giants are a great, great organization and I was a part of the draft class with Eli Manning so I definitely have been following his career for quite some time now," Jackson told SiriusXMNFL's Movin' the Chains on Thursday. "They have a great young runner. If they are interested I sure would listen.”
The one hang-up with Jackson is his continued desire to be the "lead dog." He left St. Louis with the hopes of starting somewhere else, but even if the Giants were interested, that's far from a guarantee.
"Well, that’s where a very open dialogue has to take place," Jackson said. "I’ve opted out of my position of being with the [Rams] and being comfortable because I want to continue to still be the bell cow. So that’s how I want teams to look at me. That’s how I’m going to shop myself and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there if that’s not the feedback that we’re receiving.”
Any running back looking to fill in as the starter is also looking to be paid that way. That scenario would all but eliminate Jackson from potential consideration with the Giants, who are still looking to shed room under the cap – not add to it.
For the Madden-age fans, it's fun to dream about what Jackson, Wilson and Brown could do for the Giants. Unfortunately, paying big money for a back who has chronic injury issues is precisely why Bradshaw was let go in the first place and why Jackson being brought in is extremely unlikely. After all, if General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. were going to pay that sort of money for that sort of player, they'd just bring back Bradshaw, who has an intimate knowledge of the offensive system.
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