Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) gets ready to run against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at EverBank Field. Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew haven’t started contract talks


The Jacksonville Jaguars have a major decision on their hands when it comes to whether or not they want to bring back free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew this offseason. Jones-Drew has been a staple on the Jaguars ever changing roster since they drafted him out of UCLA, but with his age becoming a factor, the two sides may determine that parting ways is in the best interest of all involved.

Jacksonville hasn’t made a decision yet though, which means the team could still bring their star back in 2014. Jones-Drew says he’s open to a return but also notes contract talks haven’t yet begun.

“We haven’t really talked up to this point yet. They want to let me go out and test the market a little bit, which I appreciate. We’ll just go from there.”

If he hits the open market, there will be a lot of interest in Jones-Drew. The last two seasons have seen his name brought up at the NFL trade deadline, but no action was taken in moving him. Jones-Drew isn’t the powerful back he used to be, but there appears to be tread left on the tires, which means teams will come knocking.

It won’t be hard for Jones-Drew to find work on the open market, the only question is will he find a role as a starter, because if he doesn’t, that means he won’t find the type of money he’s looking for.

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