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Rams running back Steven Jackson hints at retirement

Rams running back Steven Jackson is expected to decline a $7 million option for next season. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Rams running back Steven Jackson is expected to decline a $7 million option for next season. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson told the NFL Network on Friday night that retirement is an option if he doesn't get the deal he wants from the team.

Jackson said he was thinking of Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, who retired when he was less than 1,500 yards from becoming the NFL's all-time leading rusher. He said he didn't want to extend his career too long.

Jackson, 29, is expected to decline his $7 million player option for the 2013 season, which would make him a free agent.

Jackson had 257 carries for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns this season and has rushed for 1,000 yards or more in each of the past eight seasons. In his nine-year NFL career, all with the Rams, Jackson has rushed for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns.

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