After eight years in Jacksonville, Maurice Jones-Drew is set to test the free agent market. After finishing the fifth and final year of his deal, Jones-Drew is hoping for a new four year deal in Jacksonville. It has been reported that Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell wants Jones-Drew to sign an incentive laden two year deal instead. Jacksonville has the right to match any other teams offer and retain the running back.
Gone are the days when you could count on hearing MJD's name called in the top five on draft day. Many experts expected him to return to form this year, but he was again hampered by injury keeping his touches and YPC down.
Jones-Drew, an avid fantasy football player himself, is easy to root for. He's been a standout player on some pretty dismal Jacksonville teams, leading many fantasy owners to championships along the way. This year the quarterback situation was a mess and their best receiver was suspended for all but four games. They were down in most games and had to rely on a struggling passing attack and abandon the run.
Jacksonville is poised to take an early round quarterback, now that the Blaine Gabbert experiment is likely over. If he returns, Jones-Drew could benefit from a retooled offense and a capable quarterback. If he moves on, some team will benifit from a high motor, high character guy with a couple of years of quality football left.
Rookie RB Jordan Todman played well when given the opportunity, but it's unclear whether he can carry the load as an every down back.