CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 23: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears on September 23, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the St. Louis Rams 23-6. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Steven Jackson has had some monster seasons for the St. Louis Rams, but now the Rams seem to be shopping in him on the trade market with the trade deadline approaching Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Could it be that the Dallas Cowboys are in on possibly acquiring the 29-year-old running back? It seems that way if you believe ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jackson isn't having a good 2012, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry with one touchdown and continously losing touches to backup Daryl Richardson.
Jackson is coming off a streak of seven straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, having played at least 12 games per season in all of those years. The Cowboys, of course, haven't had such luck when it comes to durability at the running back position with DeMarco Murray currently missing time with a foot injury and played just 13 games last year as a rookie.
Felix Jones looked pretty good in Murray's absence last week in a win over Carolina, but on Sunday he seemed to lack burst, left the game with an injury only to return later and had a key fumble in the final minutes that probably was the ultimate difference in a Cowboys win and their eventual loss to the New York Giants despite the stirring comeback.
After those two, it's two unproven, yet promising in their own ways Sun Belt alumni in Middle Tennessee's Phillip Tanner and North Texas' Lance Dunbar. That's good depth to have, but it's not something you want to go go battle with.
Even still, what is the point of trading for a back on the decline in Jackson? Would he better than Jones? Probably so, but you'd have to give up draft picks for him and the Rams have reportedly said they won't take anything less than a third-rounder for the former Pro Bowler. Does this remind anyone else of the Roy Williams situation? The Cowboys have far too many other problems to be fixed by a slight upgrade at the backup running back position.
But who knows with Jerry Jones. He's always trying to make a splash, and this move would do just that — good or bad.