What many felt was a foregone conclusion has come to pass. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Falcons released RB Steven Jackson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2015
When Jackson was signed during the 2013 off-season, many fans were excited about having the bruising back in what looked to be an already potent offense. Many thought he would help the Falcons deal with issues they had on short yardage carries and by all accounts, he was still in phenomenal shape - even if he did have significant wear and tear on the treads.
The reality of his time in Atlanta was quite the opposite. Jackson was injured early in the 2013 season (against his old team, the Rams) and he ended up playing in only 12 games - and was not very effective behind a patch-work offensive line, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. While he played 15 out of 16 games in 2014, he put up a meager 3.7 yards per carry and showed clear signs of slowing down. His two years in Atlanta were his two worst since his rookie year.
While he struggled to help the team on the field, he is helping their 2015 cap situation.
The Falcons needed to get younger at this position, and with Jackson set to turn 32 during the year, it was clear that his time here was going to come to a close. While he had a terrific career overall, his time with the Falcons was never what fans hoped it would be.
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