It’s looking more and more like the Jacksonville Jaguars will be taking the field in 2014 without Maurice Jones-Drew as a member of their team. For the first time in his NFL career, Jones-Drew is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it’s safe to say that neither side is pushing very hard for the running back to stay in Jacksonville. Instead, Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Dave Caldwell both confirmed on Friday that Jones-Drew will be allowed to test the open market in less than two months.
Hence, it’s highly unlikely that the Jaguars extend an olive branch Jones-Drew’s way this offseason as the veteran running back will turn 29 years old in March. Besides, Jones-Drew is going to be asking for a rather large chunk of coin, and the Jaguars are in no position to make a running back their highest paid player.
In addition, the timing is just right for these two to part ways. You see: Jones-Drew can finally latch on with a playoff-bound team to get his first postseason action and the Jaguars can continue rebuilding as one of the many Jacksonville running backs are bound to emerge in 2014. While it may sound rather dramatic, it’s true: Jones-Drew leaving Jacksonville will signify the end of an era, but it’s a move that works best for both parties involved.