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.