Rams running back Steven Jackson will have the option to test the free-agent market after the season, but his mind drifted beyond football Thursday. The nine-year veteran told The Associated Press he might choose to retire. Jackson said this with a smile, but he didn't entirely dismiss the thought when pressed on it.
"If I have to write my story," Jackson said, "I'd rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late.
Added Jackson: "I'll allow myself that time to sit back and reflect and think about things I've accomplished in my career and what I've done this season. And think about how much longer I want to play this game, as well. There's going to be a small window of opportunity, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of it."
We don't expect Jackson to retire. He's 10 yards shy of his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
The Rams might choose to move on -- and so might Jackson from St. Louis -- but plenty of teams would take a chance on this running back. If Ryan Grant can return from deep space to land late-season carries with the Green Bay Packers, there's no way Jackson will stay home on his couch next season. That's not how this works.