The NFL rumors are starting to pick up steam around Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars as reports are now circulating that Jones-Drew is open to a trade. Jones-Drew has been holding out and recently said he would hold out through the regular season if necessary. In the wake of those comments new Jaguars owner Shad Kahn came out and said, “Train is leaving the station. Run. Get on it.” He also went on to say, “He’s not here, and that’s his decision. Believe me, it’s not a great concern.” These comments didn’t sit well with Jones-Drew who has been among the best running backs in theNFL over the last three years.
Jones-Drew had a career year last year, rushing for 1,606 yards on 343 carries for a 4.7 average and 8 TDs. It certainly seems like Jones-Drew should be in line for a new contract. However, one can certainly understand the Jaguars stance in this as well. Running backs are becoming an endangered species in this league. Teams are finding that one good or great running back means nothing. Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Jones-Drew, Arian Foster, and LaDainian Tomlinson have zero Super Bowl Championships between them. One has to go as far back as 1998 to find a rushing champion who won a Super Bowl and that was Terrell Davis with the Denver Broncos. That was a different league.
The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t necessarily need Jones-Drew. Rashad Jennings looks poised to be a starting running back in this league and the Jaguars are not close to contending for a Super Bowl Championship so it isn’t like Jones-Drew is an absolutely necessary piece. In fact, depending on the return, trading Jones-Drew might be much better for the long-term success of the franchise. The Jaguars have a lot of holes and the extra draft picks would be more helpful than Jones-Drew at this point.
It will be hard to replace Jones-Drew’s production but Jennings has a lot of talent and Keith Totson has had an impressive preseason and Montell Owens might be able to contribute as well. Right now it just makes more sense for the two sides to part ways.