You could tell fantasy football owners were starting to get nervous. They were coming into work with bloodshot eyes, earned from a long night of website refreshing. They were calling buddies in St. Louis out of the blue, just to “catch up” and, hey, maybe see if they “happened to know about this Steven Jackson fella.” They were making decision trees, pros-and-cons lists, anything to help decide if they should take Jackson or not. “Players always end their holdouts before the season,” they’d say. “But what if this is the year one of them holds out for real?”
Time to jump for joy, fantasy footballers. Your long national nightmare is over. Steven Jackson has decided to officially end his 27-day holdout. Marshall Faulk would be proud.
From the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH:
Jackson does not have a contract yet but sources on both sides are confident a deal will be reached soon. Jackson surprised the team by not making the trip to Wisconsin for training camp and Wednesday was the 27th day he had missed. His total fines are $408,132 at a $15,116 per day clip.
We’re guessing that a large chunk of those fines will be “forgotten” as part of the new contract. Now, we get to see how much these first few weeks of preseason really mean: Jackson has 18 days until the Rams’ season opener in Philadelphia.