Steven Jackson tries to elude the grasp of the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo in a game last October. (John McDonnell / Washington Post)

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards for eight straight seasons, may be about to hit the free-agent market.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jackson intends to void the final year of his contract and will become a free agent when the new league year begins March 12. This stems from the Rams’ decision last summer not to give Jackson a contract extension beyond 2013, which would allow him to void his deal.

Jackson, who has 2,395 carries for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns, is scheduled to earn $7 million in salary this season and will face competition from 2012 draft picks Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. The latter rushed for 475 yards last season.

Although Jim Thomas reports that the Rams and Jackson’s representatives are still talking, it is believed that Jackson, who will be 30 this summer, wants to play for a winning team.

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