I really like Steven Jackson. He runs hard. He's big. He's a smart player. He's versatile. He's a more powerful, less shifty version than Gore, pretty much.
But with the backs we have, he'd mostly be used as a power-back, and would mostly run the same style of runs as Frank Gore... so he wouldn't really be much of a change-of-pace that complements Gore. (Of course, if Gore got injured, we'd have a minimal drop in switching to Jackson).
To summarize, if we had both Gore and Jackson on the team, healthy, we'd really only see Steven Jackson two, three times a game, in a short-yardage situation. The 49ers would rather bring in Hunter or James, guys with different styles of runs, when Gore goes to the bench.
Besides, we already have a guy who can fulfill that two, three short-yardage runs in a game... Anthony Dixon. He didn't do it for us last year, but this year... he was pretty good in short-yardage situations. Throw in the fact that he's a special teams player, and has been in the same system for awhile, we're fine with Dixon as our fourth back.
It'd be nice to have Steven Jackson, but a guy like that deserves to get more carries and more money than he'd get here.
Why would the 49ers sign Steven Jackson? We have Gore, Hunter, and James. All of whom deserve playing time. Steven Jackson wants to be THE guy for his new team. Also, hes not washed up. Jackson is still very much an upper tier RB. Hes going to cost alot of money.
Sometimes I wonder if people making threads in Niner Talk even follow football...
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