If Maurice Jones-Drew is to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars next season, it’ll be because the team matched any offer he receives in free agency.
Speaking to the press, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said he does not envision signing Jones-Drew before the free agency period hits and even said that the running back has earned the right to become a free agent:
Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell wouldn’t envision signing MJD before free agency. Says MJD has earned the right to test market.
While that sentiment is relatively kind on Caldwell’s part, there isn’t a general manager in the league who’d let a talent walk into free agency if they truly wanted them back.
Jones-Drew has hinted he’s looking for a long-term deal, which has likely forced the Jaguars to balk understandably as it’s simply a matter of time for MJD to hit the proverbial running back wall.
The former UCLA Bruin will apparently hit the market come March 11th when free agency begins and should draw a hefty amount of interest in the process.