For all of you hoping the Jacksonville Jaguars could get a few more picks in the draft by dealing star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, it looks like your dreams are over. But seriously, who was dreaming that?
The news that general manager Dave Caldwell said that Maurice Jones-Drew won’t be traded seems to be big this Friday, but isn’t shocking to those of us who follow the team. Jones-Drew is the Jaguars offense. Without Jones-Drew you get 2-14, even if you have the emergence of two good receivers in Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III.
The thought behind the trade is that MJD is entering his contract year and he wanted a new contract last season. Coming off a 2012 campaign in which he started five games and appeared in just six due to a Lisfranc fracture in his foot, the 2013 season seemed to be in doubt for the workhorse. Sure the team has always valued him but what could they get for him if they traded him to a team like the New York Jets? Well, it doesn’t matter now because Caldwell says he’s staying. And that’s a good thing.
Trading Maurice Jones-Drew would have been one of the worst moves that the Jaguars could have made this offseason. I don’t think it was ever going to happen but it’s being reported from NFL News to blogs across the nation. Well, I’m glad he’s staying but I wasn’t worried a bit.
– Luke N. Sims
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