The Jacksonville Jaguars were all but set to walk away from longtime running back Maurice Jones-Drew earlier this season, but in recent weeks it’s been reported Jacksonville may attempt to keep the former UCLA product.
They’re expected to make an offer to the powerful rusher, but it’s not likely to be enough as the Florida Times-Union reports.
Three months ago, the consensus was the lack of a market for Jones-Drew would allow the Jaguars to keep him on their terms.
Over the last few weeks, though, and specifically at the NFL Scouting Combine, indications are the Jaguars will make a fair offer of two years that won’t be lucrative enough to keep Jones-Drew.
“With as many miles as he’s got on his wheels, somebody may give him a third year,” a league source said. “Maybe $4 million in the first year from somebody. But I don’t think he’ll get more than that.”
Are the Jaguars being serious with their interest? Or are they just attempting to give MJD a common courtesy rather than never extending an offer? Hard to tell at this point, though it doesn’t look like the financials will be there unless Jones-Drew wants to give the Jaguars a hometown discount.
At this point, that seems rather unlikely.