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It's been a rough few years for the Rams, and it looks like Steven Jackson may have had enough of losing. St. Louis' all-time leading rusher reportedly plans to void the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Jackson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards for eight straight seasons, but he's reaching the age where a lot of running backs start to break down. His credentials are flawless, but signing him could be a risk for any team involved.

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Madden ratings are often the most contentious topics in sports video games. Should Tom Brady be the best QB in the league? Which linebacker gets top marks for tackling? Is my team's WR more sure-handed than your team's? All week long, SportsNation is ranking the players with the top marks at each position. Today, we're taking a look at the best RBs in "Madden NFL 12." Adrian Peterson has the highest rating at 97, but do you agree that he should get the top spot? Cast your vote now!

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There's little doubt who the best running back in football is these days; he's the guy that has more states than Minnesota native Walter Mondale carried in 1984 voting for the Vikings to win the NFC North despite Brett Favre's decision to stay retired.

As long as you have Adrian Peterson, you have a chance. Then again, that's not altogether different from how people felt about Larry Johnson as the 2007 NFL season approached.

You remember Johnson, the guy who rushed for 1,789 yards on a record 416 carries in 2006, a year after topping 1,700 yards with 20 touchdowns in a breakout campaign. Back in June, 2007, voters said he was the second-best back in the game (granted, Secretariat's margin of victory in the Belmont was a photo finish in comparison to LaDainian Tomlinson's lead) and clearly the Chiefs' most indispensable player.

Now it's 2009 and despite better than 800 yards last season, Johnson can't get a sniff when it comes to the backs "SportsNation" (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2) is asking voters to rank for Thursday's show. Just more proof that success can be fleeting at one of the NFL's most physically demanding positions. Be forewarned, Vikings fans.

The Mini Ditkas

wonder where RBs that had a goodly amount of carries combined with a goodly amount of receptions fit in in all this? For example: Matt Forte had 316 carries last year, far below the 370 curse mark, but also caught 63 passes...combined touches 379, so he's over the limit. May not mean anything at all, but I expect to see a drop off in his production this year simply because teams will scheme to shut him down more, IMO.

-- The Mini Ditkas
noodlerii

L.T. will duplicate his numbers from last season, and I can tell you now.. I spent too much time watching him log around 50 yards with zero scores to rest easy. Time to find a new horse for my squad.

-- noodlerii

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