Jackson Ends Holdout

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson ended his holdout on Wednesday while his agent continues negotiations for a new contract.

The 235-pound Jackson, a bruising runner and the centerpiece of the team's offense, is entering the final year of a five-year, $7 million deal he signed as a first-round pick in 2004. His prolonged stand perhaps reflected a realization of his value to an attack that averaged only 16 points last season while going 3-13.

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Even though the Rams have their best offensive weapon back on the field, oddsmakers still consider them a long shot. Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog have established St. Louis as a 70/1 long shot to win the 2009 Super Bowl, even though the explosive Jackson will re-join the team soon.

It was imperative to get Jackson in camp, especially considering the Rams have new offensive coordinator in Al Saunders. With quarterback Marc Bulger and offensive tackle Orlando Pace seemingly healthy, having Jackson in the backfield is only a plus. Still, the Rams were considered long shots during Jackson’s holdout, and remain long shots now that he’ll report to camp.

Jackson is scheduled for a physical Thursday morning and could make it onto the practice field that day. The Rams have a workout scheduled for 10:30 a.m. CDT.

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