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Report: Steven Jackson voids St. Louis Rams contract

We knew this day was coming: Steven Jackson finally appears to be ready to hit free agency.

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The longtime St. Louis Rams running back voided his contract Thursday, according to Howard Balzer of ESPN Radio in St. Louis. It previously was reported that Jackson would indeed void the contract.

So why now? Voiding the deal on Thursday gives Jackson a five-day head start on the rest of the free-agent market. There are a lot of decent names available at running back, and Jackson might want to lock down a long-term contract before other top free-agent running backs like Ahmad Bradshaw, Reggie Bush and Rashard Mendenhall sign on the dotted line.

The Atlanta Falcons have been tied to Jackson the most, but plenty of teams make sense for him. Jackson isn't going to be a true primary back at this stage of his career, but he can help a team out in a time-share role.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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