The latest draft chatter that has taken over is the rumor that the Rams are going to trade up to three from the Vikings, and then look to move current running back Steven Jackson as they select Alabama RB Trent Richardson.
That talk has been shot down by the Rams, who say they have no designs of moving Jackson, this according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch citing Rams sources.
“Sources familiar with Jackson said he does not have a problem with his current contract. But he could be interested in a contract extension, because he wants to retire as a Ram and feels like he has more than two years left as a player.”
Thomas also reports that two team officials said they were unaware of any request for a new contract by Jackson.
Jackson, entering his ninth NFL season and heading toward his 29th birthday in July, has two years left on his current contract and is due to make $7 million in both 2012 and 2013. Sources familiar with Jackson said he does not have a problem with his current contract.
If the Rams do move up to take Richardson, it would put Jackson on the back burner, and also make him expendable if the team would decide to dangle him in the free agent market.