Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ season is over and their draft slot has been set, it’s time to look towards the team that the organization will field once the new campaign starts.
It’s no secret that the Jaguars have several needs they must to address, most notably at QB and at the offensive line, but that’s not all. Longtime center Brad Meester retired, and his position needs to be filled as well. No loss could be bigger, however, than the one of Maurice Jones-Drew.
The star running back had a slow start to the season but the picked it up in the second part of the year where he showed flashes of brilliance. Since MJD will officially be a free agent once the season is over, the Jaguars had a chance to lock him up before but they are very wise to allow him to test the open market first.
MJD still thinks he is a top-tier RB and that he should be paid as such. While it’s no secret that he still has some years left in him and he could be a more than reliable option in the backfield for a contending team, Jones-Drew is no longer the star player he was a few seasons ago.
His holdout in 2012, several injuries and performance during the past two years have caused his stock to fall, and while he could easily find a new team during the free agency period, he might return to the Jaguars at a cheaper price than what the team would’ve had to pay if he never entered the open market. It might take a while, but this could end up being better for the Jags in the long-term picture.
If he decides to leave for another team, Jordan Todman proved to be a nice option and he could certainly start. But Jones-Drew knows he is the most important player to organization, and he would be wise to return to the Jags and extend his contract.