Next to probably Fred Taylor, the Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had a running back as solid or as popular as Maurice Jones-Drew who may end up being the most popular player in franchise history at the moment. But while he’ll always be remembered as a Jaguar, he’s not going to be playing for them again — at least not in 2014.
Despite not being abler o find a contract in free agency, the odds remain low that Maurice Jones-Drew will be returning to the Jaguars next season as ESPN’s Michael DiRocco says it’s around a 25 percent chance the two sides come back together.
I put it at 25 percent at best. I just don’t see Maurice Jones-Drew being willing to share carries with Toby Gerhart. Plus, I think he’s still looking for more money than the Jaguars are willing to pay right now. If the process continues to drag on and he can’t find a team, then it’s possible he’ll be willing take less money and return here to finish his career.
This is actually a sad end to what could have been an incredible era. Jones-Drew was a Pro Bowler and is one of the best running backs we’ve seen recently but injuries and bad roster moves hobbled his chances of being on a winning team.
A reunion down the road isn’t out of the question, but Jones-Drew returning to the Jaguars in the immediate future seems very unlikely.