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Rams Notes: Steven Jackson, Brandon Gibson, Bradley Fletcher

Steven Jackson

Jim Thomas of the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that league sources have informed him that RB Steven Jackson will void his $7 million player option and become a free agent in the next few weeks.

Thomas adds that all indications have been suggesting that Jackson would likely decide to test the open market.

There were some reports that indicated that both the Rams and Jackson would like to reach an agreement that would allow him to finish his career in St Louis. According to Thomas, “no numbers have been exchanged” between the two parties to this point.

Thomas sees the Atlanta Falcons as “one of the most likely suitors” for him in free agency.

Others have tossed out the Packers and Steelers as two other speculative landing spots for Jackson.

We have him listed as the No. 28 best available player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.

Brandon Gibson

Thomas adds that the Rams have shown “some interest” in re-signing impending free agent WR Brandon Gibson, but expects him to have options this offseason.

Thomas believes Gibson could find a “fair amount of interest” from other NFL teams as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiving option.

I’m sure NFL teams will be looking for some decent values in the coming weeks, but it would be surprising to see a team commit to him being their No. 2 wide receiver. St Louis could still use some more help at receiver despite drafting Chris Given and Brian Quick last year, so if he wasn’t able to secure a big role in their offense, it seems unlikely that teams are going to pay him as such.

Bradley Fletcher 

Thomas writes that CB Bradley Fletcher “won’t be back” in St Louis next season.

The Rams reportedly haven’t offered him an extension and appear to be prepared to look for options elsewhere. Thomas adds that Fletcher will likely draw interest from other NFL teams on the open market.

St Louis will likely be looking for some extra depth at cornerback in the draft, as their cap situation leaves them little room to target free agents.

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