Life for Steven Jackson would change significantly if the St. Louis Rams used a first-round draft choice for Trent Richardson or any running back.
That appears unlikely to happen.
In the meantime, recent chatter about Jackson's contract status appears premature.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites Rams sources as saying the team has not shopped Jackson around the league or heard from him regarding a new contract. Thomas: "Sources familiar with Jackson said he does not have a problem with his current contract. But he could be interested in a contract extension, because he wants to retire as a Ram and feels like he has more than two years left as a player." Noted: I could see the Rams giving Jackson an extension that affirmed his status without extending the team's actual commitment to him. The 49ers did something along those lines with Frank Gore.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this to say regarding Jackson: "I doubt that Richardson will drop to the Rams at No. 6 overall; so this could be a moot point. But Jackson, nearly 29, is still a strong RB. At some point, the Rams will line up his successor. Just as the Rams did back in 2004 when they drafted Jackson to replace Marshall Faulk. It's unavoidable. Faulk was insecure about it. I would understand it if Jackson had some anxiety about his future. That's human. I don't rip him for that."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com points to Janoris Jenkins as a consideration for the San Francisco 49ers with the 30th overall choice. Draft analyst Greg Cosell: "He'd be a great fit. The 49ers like to play a lot of two-man, especially in sub. He can play press and not have to worry about getting beat over the top."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offers round-by-round predictions for the 49ers' picks in the 2012 draft: guard Amini Silatolu, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, running back Chris Polk, receiver Rishard Matthews, linebacker Miles Burris, safety Trent Robinson and offensive lineman Jeff Adams.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with former 49ers executive John McVay for thoughts on the team's current front office.
Also from Inman: a look back at what analysts said about the 49ers' decision to select Aldon Smith a year ago. You'll have to click the link to see who had this to say: "To me this is a tweener type player. Meaning he lacks strength to play on the line or movement in space. Underwhelming as a pass-rusher as well. The question remains where do you play this guy?"
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com details what information goes onto the magnetic cards team personnel evaluators use to identify players. Urban: "Besides the height/weight/speed are colored dots. One red dot is a medical risk. Two red dots mean the Cards will stay away because of medical concerns. Three mean a failed physical. A blue dot means a positive test for a banned substance at the Combine. Green means a verified arrest. Yellow is a character concern. ... Such alerts -- which include an 'I' for an international player and an 'A' for a player who is older than normal -- don't preclude a player from being taken. But they are a heads-up."
Also from Urban: thoughts on the cut in pay Stewart Bradley took recently. Urban: "He couldn’t beat out Paris Lenon last season. We will see what an offseason can do for Bradley, who right now is expected to help both outside and inside at linebacker. In some ways, he’s the defensive version of Kevin Kolb, both with the need of an offseason and the need for a rally year after 2011."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune consults draft analyst Rob Rang for thoughts on tight ends and offensive linemen the Seahawks might consider in the draft. On Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie, a potential second-round consideration: "Big, strong, athletic and a three-year starter at right tackle, Massie would provide depth as James Carpenter recovers from a serious knee injury."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times notes that the Seahawks are one of six teams without a first-round quarterback selection since the 1993 draft. The others: Dallas, New Orleans, Miami, Kansas City and New England.
Also from O'Neil: the Seahawks' search for pass-rush help. Coach Pete Carroll: "There's a lot of edge rushers in this draft, which is exciting. We're always looking. Certainly in this draft it's one of the issues that we'd like to attend to."