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Steven Jackson holdout (don't panic)

Postby steelerfan513 » Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:53 pm

http://www.nfl.com/news/story;jsessionid=2ED2305670CD07B4A3562566681C0449?id=09000d5d80982be4&template=with-video&confirm=true

Rams' Jackson a no-show for meeting, hopes for contract extension


Coach Scott Linehan said Thursday after the team arrived at its new training site in suburban Milwaukee that Jackson had told him he would not be on the team charter flight from St. Louis.

The coach apparently was unaware that Jackson didn't make his own arrangements, either.

Linehan also said Thursday that getting a contract extension for Jackson was a "priority." The team has been in contact with Jackson's agent.

"I know within the last couple days there has been dialogue," Linehan said Thursday. "Our hope is that will be done pretty soon."

Jackson was considered a holdout after missing the meeting Friday morning, the team said on its Web site. The Rams' first practice at Concordia University was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Jackson is in the final season of a five-year contract he signed after the Rams drafted him in the first round in 2004. He has had three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons after totaling 1,002 last year despite injuries that sidelined him for four games.

The Rams also were negotiating with Donnie Avery, a second-round pick in this year's draft and the lone unsigned pick.


Sounds like it shouldn't be a big deal, but I figured it was worth posting. St. Louis can't afford not to extend him because he'll be gone after next year if they don't.
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Re: Steven Jackson holdout (don't panic)

Postby stomperrob » Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:59 pm

Already posted: viewtopic.php?t=389938
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Re: Steven Jackson holdout (don't panic)

Postby steelerfan513 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:42 pm

Update:

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=NFL&hl=118676&id=1663

The Rams have decided to cut off talks on a new contract with Steven Jackson until he reports to camp.
That stance was in response to Jackson's agent turning down Friday's offer from the Rams. The Rams could theoretically call Jackson's bluff and allow him to play out his contract and then franchise him after the season. But that strategy comes with a risk of alienating their best player. With the $15,116 a day fines racking up, this situation should be resolved shortly.
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