San Francisco 49ers Should Pass On Signing Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew

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Maurice Jones-Drew is going to be an interesting veteran to follow in free agency. For the first time in his career, he’ll be testing the open market. MJD has of course spent his entire career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but after years of losing, most are expecting the veteran to move on. As far as where he could sign in free agency, that’s anyone’s guess. But the feeling is that he’ll try to join a contender.

So with rumors swirling about MJD’s future, one potential landing spot has now emerged for the RB. That spot would be with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones-Drew is from the Bay Area and he attended college at UCLA. So just based on those two things, plus the fact that the 49ers figure to compete for a title next year — San Francisco makes sense for him. But on top of all that, it appears a current 49er might be trying to recruit MJD. That player would be Vernon Davis.

The 49ers TE posted a picture of himself and MJD on Instagram the other night, with a caption that read: “Me and Maurice Jones Drew discussing the FUTURE a few nights ago. #San Francisco.”

So clearly Jones-Drew is contemplating a return home. But does he make sense for the Niners?

It really all depends on whether or not the team keeps Frank Gore. He’s under contract for one more season, but there has been speculation of him becoming a cap casualty. Gore is owed over $6 million next year and the 49ers could likely acquire MJD for significantly less.

But once you get past Gore on the 49ers depth chart, there are still several more backs. Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore are all still under contract. To me, the abundance of backs on the Niners roster means that they won’t pursue MJD. I certainly wouldn’t blame Jones-Drew if he wanted to play in San Francisco — I just don’t think they need or want him.

Unless Gore and another back get cut in San Fran, there just won’t be any room for MJD.

 

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