I don’t know about you, but I am feeling slightly relieved about Maurice Jones-Drew getting a four year, 31 million dollar (with 17.5 million guaranteed!) contract.
The running back position is the one area we should not be worried about. Even through the adversity last year, the running game worked hard. Look back on film from last season and you’ll see an offensive line missing blocks and a strong willed back breaking tackles and getting first downs regardless. In fact, the Jaguars said everything would be alright with Maurice Jones-Drew in one action. They released Fred Taylor.
But think about if we hadn’t signed Jones-Drew to a new contract. He’s been grumbling for quite some time about the contract. He’s worked hard. He’s shown he can do it. Obviously, the Jaguars showed they needed him. The last thing we need this season are more rumors spouting up about how there isn’t enough love in the locker room. Maurice would have every right to be disgruntled with his current pay.
Before the new contract, Jones-Drew was only guaranteed less than 600,000 dollars. That is certainly a lot of money to some one like me (an unpaid intern, sigh) but in NFL terms that is pennies. That is almost backup pay compared to level of game Maurice brings.
Is it a risk signing him to a big deal?
Sure it is. Any player could get hurt and be gone for a season. Look at Fred Taylor.
Is it going to hurt the Jaguars in the long run?
I’m going to go with ‘no’ on that one.