The Oakland Raiders have made a splash in free agency on both sides of the ball this offseason, and they continue that pattern by adding Maurice Jones-Drew to their backfield. Sources are reporting that Jones-Drew will be returning to his hometown of Oakland on a three-year deal.
The Raiders have been one of the worst NFL franchises in the past decade, but the franchise has shown signs of improvement already this offseason by adding LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith to strengthen their defense, as well as James Jones and now MJD to the offense.
Jones-Drew’s time as a Jacksonville Jaguar has been numbered the past few seasons, and now that he finally hit free agency this offseason, he could finally part ways with the franchise and look for a contending team. Oakland may not be a contender, but they definitely have some potential after adding the players they have since free agency began. Even if they aren’t contenders, Jones-Drew has to be undoubtedly happy to become a Raider and return to his hometown.
It can be assumed at the moment that Jones-Drew will be backing up Darren McFadden, but seeing as McFadden has failed to complete a season without missing a game in his six-year career, Jones-Drew may have a shot at winning the starting running back spot if he’s healthy throughout the summer. Jones-Drew has had recent injuries himself, including a foot injury that caused him problems the past couple of seasons, but he has proven capable of big numbers when he is on the field and not in the doctor’s office. No matter who starts at running back in Oakland, it will be a deadly 1-2 punch that the Black Hole has not seen in years.