NFL fantasy: Steven Jackson expected to test free agency

Jackson will reportedly void contract: St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is reportedly planning to void his contract and test the free agent market. Jackson has spent his entire nine-year career with the Rams, but has seen his production steadily decline over the past few seasons. Nonetheless, he has still rushed for 1,000 yards or more in eight straight seasons. The former Oregon State star turns 30 in July and still has plenty to offer a team. With several Super Bowl contenders — including the Falcons and Broncos — searching for a back of Jackson’s caliber, he should have plenty of suitors once he hits the free agent market.

Welker could remain a Patriot: A few weeks ago, it looked like Wes Welker might have played his final game as a New England Patriot. Now, that may not be the case. The team reportedly is looking for way to keep the veteran receiver on the roster while staying under the salary cap. The Pats got a big boost in that regard when Tom Brady took less money in his newly-negotiated contract extension. That gives New England more room to hold on to Welker and other key veterans. Few teams would value Welker like the Patriots and for fantasy owners, few teams would give Welker commensurate fantasy value. He’s caught 100 or more passes and surpassed 1,000 recieving yards in five of his six seasons with New England. There’s no doubt that he will continue to compete with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez for targets, but there’s no argument that he’s still a major focus of the offense and a top option as a No. 2 fantasy wideout.

Cruz likely to return to Giants: Victor Cruz will be a restricted free agent when the market opens on March 12, but the big play wideout has big demands for his next deal. Cruz would like a long-term deal, but so far there have been no negotiations between the two sides. For the purposes of fantasy owners, it would seem that one way or another Cruz will be back with Big Blue — either with a long-term contract or after signing a “first-round tender” offer … unless he holds out. The former UMass standout was mum on whether he would choose that option, but until further notice, expect Cruz to be lining up opposite Hakeem Nicks for another season.

— Marcas Grant
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