The Jacksonville Jaguars made a move tonight to fill the spot that will be vacated by Maurice Jones-Drew. The team has signed former Minnesota Vikings back Toby Gerhart.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the deal.
Jaguars just reached agreement with former Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com lays out the terms.
For Toby Gerhart and the #Jaguars, it’s a 3-year deal worth $10.5M with $4.5M guaranteed. Strong.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns were also rumored to be interested in signing Gerhart. For his career he has averaged a solid 4.7 yards per carry, though that number is goosed a little bit by an outlier number in 2013 (7.9 YPC). Gerhart is a solid though unspectacular back. He does have some fumble issues he needs to tighten up if he hopes to successfully transition to a starting gig in the NFL. In the end this is a solid addition for the Jags.