Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs with the ball as Tennessee Titans defends during the second half at EverBank Field. Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers were in Maurice Jones-Drew's final 3

 

After running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars parted ways, Jones-Drew choosing the Oakland Raiders should not have surprised anyone.

Although they may not be a contender (even if Jones-Drew says new Raiders’ can quarterback Matt Schaub can lead them to the Super Bowl), Jones-Drew attended UCLA and is from Oakland.

However, there were several other teams interested in the veteran running back, including a few contenders.

According to Mad Dog Sports Radio, Jones- Drew drew interest from his former team, the Jaguars, as well as the New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers with the Patriots and Steelers joining the Raiders in his final three.

That makes sense – both teams had a need at the position.

The Steelers have since agreed to a deal with former Patriots’ running back LaGarrette Blount while the Patriots still search for his replacement.

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