Maurice Jones-Drew is the kind of bruising, yet agile running back that you would want carrying the ball for you organization. However, if he doesn’t want to carry the ball for your team, why keep him?
Such is the case with Jone-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the eight-year veteran told reporters during a press conference on Monday that his future with the Jaguars was uncertain. Just two weeks ago, he was involved in an alleged fight at a restaurant, causing legal actions to be forced upon him.
Would it be beneficial for both sides if the running back was let go by the team? While he is recovering from an unfortunate Lisfranc injury, he can still be one of the best running backs in the league when he comes back.
The NFL needs exciting runners like Jones-Drew, but the Jaguars don’t need yet another distraction like him to to make their quest to rise out of the NFL cellar any more difficult.
As a former NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowler, Jones-Drew could be a valuable piece to the Jaguars’ future plans. However, it would be beneficial for both sides to let the powerful runner walk. Sure, he has the potential to run for 1,500 yards and 10-plus touchdowns, but it’s what his future holds that is the risk.
At the age of 28, an NFL running back knows he’s on the back-nine of his career. Running backs’ careers are so short-lived and the shelf life for such a position is no longer than 10 years on average, making Jones-Drew coming off a leg injury look like his career is nearing its end.
He may still have some life left in him, but the Jaguars need to get some younger legs in the backfield, and Jones-Drew needs to find a winner before his career is over.