According to reports, Gene Smith has no intention of extending running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew led the league in rushing this past season and has been the face of the franchise since Fred Taylor left for New England. Amid constant quarterback, receiving, and offensive line struggles, MJD has been the most consistent and productive variable in the Jaguars offense.
Smith, the Jaguars general manager, said he expects Jones-Drew to follow through on his commitment that he signed. The current deal has two years left and $4.45 and $4.93 million due over the next two years out of a $31 million five year deal. Is this a sign of the Jaguars looking to a MJD-less future? Is this another sign from around the league that running backs just aren’t as valued anymore?
We don’t really know. It’ll be curious to see if MJD shows up to mini-camp beginning Tuesday.
– Luke N. Sims