Dec 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) during the National Anthem before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Maurice Jones-Drew thought about retirement ‘for awhile’

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The NFL offseason saw a few different players switch teams as free agency took some players we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in a certain setting and thrust them into new ones. Maurice Jones-Drew was one of those players as he went from his longtime home with the Jacksonville Jaguars to the other side of the country and the Oakland Raiders.

It took a while for Jones-Drew to find a home but he ultimately signed with the Raiders in a fit of motivation that many are hoping sees the former Pro Bowl running back return to who he once was. The decision to play for the Raiders wasn’t an easy one though as Jones-Drew almost hung up the cleats for good.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jones-Drew had been contemplating retirement for a while before signing with the Oakland Raiders.

“For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn’t feel like I had it anymore,” said Jones-Drew, who averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season after seven years of never averaging fewer than 4.2. “But that wasn’t the case. My trainer helped me get back in shape and gain that foundation that I’d lost with the surgery.”

It’s good to see Jones-Drew back but we have to wonder if this might be a case where a veteran who is far past his expiration date and comes back only to disappoint everyone in the process.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars Oakland Raiders

  • James Schroeder

    LOL, Maurice Jones Drew will not disappoint this season. First of all when he was with Jacksonville he was the guy. He did not have any help at the running back position. In Oakland it will be a running back by committee with some top-notch talent alongside him in Darren McFadden and the up-and-coming Latabious Murray. Secondly, of course he felt like his career was over. Jacksonville through him into the fire when he wasn’t 100% healthy yet and he lacked production which would ruin anybody’s confidence. Now, he is 100% healthy and finally has a full off-season which he did not have last season. I believe he has a huge chip on his shoulder and aims to bounce back in a big way this coming season.