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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
On the Packers and Steven Jackson

By Kevin Seifert

Many of you want to know if the Green Bay Packers will be in play for free agent running back Steven Jackson, or if Jackson will sign with the Atlanta Falcons as conventional wisdom suggests.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Packers have "reached out" to Jackson, an indication of interest but not the type that would lead to a quick agreement. ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt, in fact, tweeted: " Usually, when Packers 'reach out' on first day of free agency, it's to let players know they'll check back after big $$ is spent."

At the very least, it would represent a significant departure for general manager Ted Thompson to jump out on the first day of free agency and sign a sought-after veteran. It's fair to say that Jackson would enhance the Packers' offense, but the team has historically sought less-visible ways to stock up on running backs.

For what it's worth, at least one Packers player doesn't consider the position an offseason need. Here's what linebacker Desmond Bishop tweeted about incumbents James Starks and DuJuan Harris:

My opinion on RB situation .. Don't need 1 really... Starks, who ll stay healthy this year will be a beast! D Harris is the truth. Done!

— Desmond Bishop (@Desbishop55) March 12, 2013

If I had to guess, based on history, the Packers aren't likely to beat down Jackson's door to get him to sign. That's not to say it couldn't eventually happen. But they're more likely to let the free agency dust settle first.