The Jacksonville Jaguars were counting on Maurice Jones-Drew to return as a healthy workhorse running back in 2013, but his recent legal issues have put the team in an uncertain situation.
The Jaguars brought in former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Beanie Wells for a workout earlier this week, which may be a sign that the Jaguars are interested in acquiring an insurance policy in the case that Jones-Drew is not healthy or if his legal troubles lead to some sort of suspension.
Jones-Drew remains under investigation for allegedly punching a bouncer at the Conch House restaurant and it is still unclear as to whether or not he will be charged for battery. While the investigation is ongoing, Jones-Drew remains in Miami rehabbing his injured foot in hopes that he will be healthy enough to return to football activities during training camp. While his legal issues are certainly an unwelcome distraction, there are serious questions as to whether or not Jones-Drew can return to the level he was playing at prior to his injury.
The Jaguars have already signed free agent running back Justin Forsett and drafted Denard Robinson this offseason to ease the pressure on Jones-Drew, but brining in another viable option like Wells may be a sign that the team may be ready to move on from their troubled star. While Wells once promising career has been derailed numerous times by various injuries, he is still only 24-years old and would provide the Jaguars with little to no risk on the veteran minimum deal he would likely receive.
Regardless of the off-the-field issues, Jones-Drew is entering the final year of his contract and it is certainly possible that this is the last year we will see him in a Jaguars uniform.
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