Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on radio row at the Super Bowl XLVIII media center at the Sheraton Times Square New York. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Free Agency - MJD Likely Gone

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs with the ball as Tennessee Titans defends during the second half at EverBank Field. Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a handful of unrestricted free agents hitting the market in 2014, but none are more prominent and inspire more debate than the longtime face of the franchise Maurice Jones-Drew. Arguably one of the greatest players in franchise history, Jones-Drew hits the free agent market on the precipice of 29 years old, a non-ideal age to look for a big contract as a running back.

The Jaguars currently don’t have a lot of depth behind Jones-Drew, but I still expect David Caldwell to let MJD walk. There are likely going to be a handful of promising prospects available on the 2nd and 3rd day of the draft, and the Jaguars are going to continue to develop Denard Robinson as a slash guy.

Jones-Drew is probably going to look for a contract comparable to the three-year, $12 million deal Steven Jackson got with the Falcons last offseason. I doubt the Jaguars commit to two years, let alone three, of Mojo in his decline.

Jones-Drew will find a team willing to give him that deal, and maybe it’ll be the San Francisco 49ers…

 

-Daniel Lago

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