ST. LOUIS — Running back Steven Jackson can't see himself wearing any other jersey than that of the St. Louis Rams.
"Certain guys you just can't imagine them in another uniform, and I don't think I or anyone else can imagine me in a different uniform as well," Jackson said Monday, the day after the Rams concluded the 2012 season with a 7-8-1 record.
There is a possibility that Jackson could be wearing a different uniform next season as he can void the final year of his contract and become a free agent early in the offseason.
For his part, Jackson said he hopes a deal can be worked out with the Rams.
"We're definitely going to sit down," Jackson said. "I would hate to watch this organization go on and be successful, which I believe they will, without me. I want to be a part of that."
Jackson said he has no timetable for deciding his future.
"We would like to sit down with the organization as soon as possible, but the organization has to do their due diligence in deciding where they want to go with the roster and we have to sit down on our end and make sure that we are crossing our T's and dotting our i's," Jackson said. "Both sides have agreed to sit down, and I expect that it will happen soon."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he'd like to see Jackson finish his career with the Rams.
"We've said all along we'd like for him to finish here," Fisher said.
Jackson, 29, reached two big milestones this season. He registered his eighth straight 1,000-yard rushing season and he eclipsed 10,000 rushing yards for his career.
Jackson wore a T-shirt on Monday with "10,000" printed on it in big letters.
Jackson said the shirt was a gift from rookie running back Terrance Ganaway.
"When I went over 10,000, he gave it to me," Jackson said. "On last day, I wanted to wear it for him and show my appreciation."
Defensive end Chris Long said he hoped to see Jackson back playing for the Rams next season.
"I love Steven,'' Long said. "I love having him as a teammate. I think he is one of the all-time greats and I'm just lucky to have him as a teammate. I don't know the business side of it. I really just hope to see him back here. I know he hopes to be back here. I'm sure they'll work it out.
Long and Ganaway aren't alone in their appreciation for Jackson. Rams players voted him as the Rams' Most Valuable Player for the four straight year and fifth time in his nine seasons with the team.
"It means a lot," Jackson said. "These young guys (are) very talented and a group that came along in a manner that was a lot faster than a lot of guys probably assumed that (they) would. The tide has turned around here, and the feeling is different.
"Last year at this time, we were dealing with uncertainty with what direction we would go. Coach Fisher came in right away and made an impact. Bringing in guys like (cornerback) Cortland Finnegan and signing rookie guys like (Michael) Brockers and (Janoris) Jenkins, those guys are going to be around here for a while and are going to help turn this franchise around."
Asked if he was excited about having control of his future in his own hands, Jackson said, "What is exciting is actually being a part of something that was dead and now you're a part of it being a alive again. That is what is exciting."
Feeling a draft
The Rams own the 16th overall pick as well as the Washington Redskins' first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The pick acquired in the deal that netted the Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft will be somewhere between No. 21 and No. 32 depending on where the Redskins finish in the playoffs.
Past No. 16 picks in the NFL Draft include wide receiver Jerry Rice by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985 and safety Troy Polamalu by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003.
The Rams will face a challenging road schedule next season based on this year's records.
The Rams' eight road opponents -- Atlanta, Carolina, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona -- had a combined record of 78-49-1 this season.
The Rams look to have a much easier time at home. Their eight home opponents -- Chicago, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona -- had a combined record of 59-68-1 this season.
The 2013 NFL schedule will be released in the spring.
Jackson also was selected as the recipient of the Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award and the Rams' 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient for his work in the community. He'll s compete against representatives from the 31 other NFL teams for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
"Steven ran away with all of the awards," Fisher said.
Jenkins, who had an NFL-leading four defensive touchdowns (three interceptions and a fumble return) this season, was chosen as the Rams' Rookie of the Year.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola was chosen as the Ed Block Courage Award winner after he fought back from an injury that cost him 15 games in 2011.
* Rams quarterback Sam Bradford admitted that he was concerned about eventually needing surgery on his bothersome ankle during this past offseson and summer, but not anymore.
"Once the year got going it kind of went away, so I don't think that's even a possibility," Bradford said.
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