Signs point to Falcons cutting Steven Jackson

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The Atlanta Falcons are expected to cut running back Steven Jackson. By cutting Jackson the Falcons can save $3.75 million against the salary cap.

Jackson will turn 32 in July and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry since joining the Falcons in 2013. With new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in town the veteran Jackson was never expected to stick around in his zone blocking scheme.

“Devonta (Freeman) was someone I loved coming out of college last year. And then the guy from Oregon State (Jacquizz Rodgers), I loved him coming out of college. So they’re guys I remember from their college days, hard. I know Steven because he’s played for a long time,” said Shanahan via ESPN. “But I haven’t evaluated any of those backs since college or just Steven over the years. So, they’re guys I’m excited and really looking forward to seeing them and getting them here in (organized team activities) and seeing what we can do.”

The chances of Jackson finding another job are good but it will only be as a short yardage ball carrier at a low value. The Falcons themselves are thin in the backfield and will look for options in the draft.