First thing's first. It would be wise of the Rams to sign Steven Jackson to a more affordable contract that's fair for both parties. The 'mileage' thing, though true, shouldn't mean that the organization doesn't owe him reasonable pay, and more so respect, for what he's [still] capable of doing and has accomplished for eight straight seasons. One thing is for certain. You can't put a price on leadership; something the Rams cannot afford to be without.

That doesn't mean, however, that the Rams shouldn't be planning for their feature lead back for the days ahead. Maybe they already have. In the 2012 draft, the Rams 'new regime' drafted two running backs: Isaiah Pead [2nd rd, 50th overall] and Daryl Richardson [7th rd, 252 overall].

Interestingly enough, Pead took the backseat to Richardson in 2012. Pead, who drew comparisons to Chris Johnson during the preseason, was only handed the ball ten times in 2012. Half of those carries came in the final game of the season, when playoff implications were a thought of the past. Richardson saw more action, and certainly had more impact. Richardson toted the rock 98 times in 2012, totaling 475 yards, and also caught 24 balls out of the backfield for an additional 163 yards.

For those who haven't, let's go ahead and toss aside the notion that Jeff Fisher is going to be kicking Isaiah Pead to the curb. Brian Quick - the 33rd overall pick - didn't set the world on fire last season, and he's as sure a thing to make the team as Sam Bradford. Patience is a virtue, and it's one that Jeff Fisher is willing to live by. With or without Jackson next season, we - the fans - will expect more from Pead.