Maurice Jones-Drew picked Raiders because they offered him an opportunity to ‘compete and play’

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The Oakland Raiders have been spending freely in free agency this offseason. One of their signings is Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

The former Jaguars back had an interesting reason for choosing the Raiders.

From the Contra Costa Times:

"“It’s going to be a competition and that’s really all I ask,” Jones-Drew said of being told that he’ll get a chance to earn the starting job. “… I only wanted a chance to compete and play. The Raiders gave me that opportunity, and I’m going to take it and run with it.”"

It is hard to believe that Jones-Drew needed to go somewhere that offered him the opportunity to compete. He just turned 29, but this is a running back who rushed for over 1,600 yards with the Jaguars. he hasn’t been of that form lately and rushed for 803 yards on 234 carries. In 2012, he rushed for 414 yards on 86 carries.