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New Deal For Jones-Drew

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wanted a new contract.
And he’s getting one.
According to Michael C. Wright of the Florida Times-Union, Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a long-term extension with the team.
Per Wright, the deal is believed to pay Jones-Drew in the range of $8 million per year, with $20 million guaranteed.
Not bad for a guy who never has been a featured back — and who has started only four games in his three-year career.
The contract is expected to be announced later today at a press conference.
Last month, Jones-Drew told Dan Patrick that the former UCLA tailback regards himself as the top running back in the game, and that he believes he should be paid accordingly.
One thing is clear — of the two L.A.-area college tailbacks who entered the league in 2006, the one that everyone overlooked has outshone the one whom everyone thought would be the next Gale Sayers.

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  1. techstar25 says: Apr 15, 2009 10:52 AM

    This is no different than Atlanta paying Michael Turner.
    Actually Turner had logged even less playing time prior to his big payday. Turner had started ZERO games, had ZERO touchdowns, and only 300 rushing yards the season prior to signing with the Falcons.
    On the other hand, Jones-Drew had 800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards with a total of FOURTEEN TDs last year. This man deserves his payday.

  2. sjt2115 says: Apr 15, 2009 10:52 AM

    Any chance to take a dig at Bush, right Florio?

  3. Holofernes says: Apr 15, 2009 10:55 AM

    Wow. That is ridiculous. Have fun grossly overpaying a slightly above average running back who has not proved he can handle the load of a full time running back.

  4. Dirty_Waters says: Apr 15, 2009 10:56 AM

    Holofernes has no clue what he is talking about. Despite not being on the field the first offensive play of the game much, he has been the featured back in Jacksonville. I would put in the top 10-12 running backs in the league last season. Good for Jones-Drew.

  5. Slow Joe says: Apr 15, 2009 10:56 AM

    One thing is clear — Mike Florio never misses a chance to take a swipe at Reggie Bush.

  6. alfie says: Apr 15, 2009 10:57 AM

    Yes, Jones-Drew is merely “slightly above average”.
    His 4.8 career YPC and 40 career touchdowns in 3 seasons beg to differ.

  7. Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says: Apr 15, 2009 11:00 AM

    since when do running backs get 8 large per?

  8. Alabama leprechaun says: Apr 15, 2009 11:01 AM

    Bring back the Russian Bride ad I just saw.
    That chick was hot.
    If y’all wanna buy a russian bride say yeah……..YEAH

  9. FieldySnuts says: Apr 15, 2009 11:02 AM

    About time!!! Scoring 38 TDs over 3 years is not a slightly above average running back when you consider he was splitting time with Fred Taylor.

  10. TealDeal says: Apr 15, 2009 11:02 AM

    Well, hopefully now he show his ass up for work.

  11. Kotite says: Apr 15, 2009 11:03 AM

    Holofernes… Shawne Merriman would disagree.

  12. slutnuts says: Apr 15, 2009 11:05 AM

    um how about 1400 all purpose yards last year, on 250 touches. thats 5.6 a touch last year. why wouldnt you pay this guy? jones drew is more than slightly above average.

  13. Hosstyle in Tampa says: Apr 15, 2009 11:06 AM

    Lendale White was thought of as the next Gale Sayers???
    p.s.
    to all of the following posts about Reggie Bush, I’m being sarcastic, morons…

  14. jimicos says: Apr 15, 2009 11:11 AM

    He had 13 fewer carries than Willie Parker. 17 fewer carries than Ronnie Brown. Brandon Jacobs had 22 more carries than MJD.
    And MJD had 62 receptions as well. So MJD had 259 offensive touches for a total of 1389 yards from scrimmage. Those other guys I mentioned?
    Brown – 247 offensive touches, 1170 yards from scrimmage
    Jacobs – 225 offensive touches, 1125 yards from scrimmage
    Parker – 213 offensive touches, 804 yards from scrimmage
    So he had more touches on offense and much more yards from scrimmage than those three guys – all feature backs. And he did light duty on the kickoff and punt return units as well.
    Oh, and by the way.. “grossly overpaying a slightly above average running back who has not proved he can handle the load of a full time running back.”
    Wasn’t Michael Turner one of those guys too? How many carries did he have last season? Oh yeah, 376. Led the league in carries and he fit the exact same bill as MJD does now.
    We’ll find out how many carries MJD can handle because now he’s getting paid to do it. They’re damn sure going to feature him more now.

  15. Campbell2Mossfor6 says: Apr 15, 2009 11:13 AM

    There is nothing average about MJD. Hes a proven a game changer. What he hasnt proven is that he can carry the load for at least a 16 game slate. He thinks he can, now it seems the Jags FO does also. I dont think he will have nearly as much success as when he shared with Freddy Taylor. Time will tell…

  16. wlubake says: Apr 15, 2009 11:13 AM

    Now let’s see how he produces when he’s lost the motivations of a competing back in the backfield and the desire for a new contract. He’s a very good back, but Jacksonville overpaid here.

  17. Darth Ringo says: Apr 15, 2009 11:17 AM

    I know a Reggie Bush reference when I see one

  18. titans_fan says: Apr 15, 2009 11:17 AM

    Ouch! Just when it looked like the Jags were getting away from foolish mistakes they go and hand a guy that’s never seen 1000 yards in a season a big ole pile of money. If he rushed for 1500+ yards in ’09 I could see doing it afterwards but let’s not be hasty here.
    And I thought that when they fired Shack Harris they would turn the corner. Jags fans have my sympathy.

  19. TitanTaco says: Apr 15, 2009 11:17 AM

    That little “Rat” plays us 2x a year, and he is a solid player. Kudos!

  20. BDiddy says: Apr 15, 2009 11:17 AM

    “Slightly above average running back”? Apparently, you have never watched him play. If you think there are 15 backs who will produce more yards from scrimmage, a higher per carry average, and more TD’s once he enters a full-time role, you are out of your mind. Jones-Drew will put up Westbrook-type numbers for the next 5-7 years. And he has excellent character, intelligence, and pass blocking ability to boot. Congratulations, Maurice!

  21. alfie says: Apr 15, 2009 11:36 AM

    Why’s everyone get so upset at the Reggie Bush digs? We were force fed by ESPN and everyone else about how amazing he would be in the NFL. He’s getting all the digs he deserves. Maybe he’ll grow a pair and learn he can’t out run everyone in the NFL like he did at USC.

  22. wydok says: Apr 15, 2009 11:45 AM

    This just shows how UNDERPAID Brian Westbrook is.

  23. GregO says: Apr 15, 2009 11:47 AM

    I’m still impressed that Florio got through his Rey Maualuga post on Monday without a snarky comment about USC.

  24. GregO says: Apr 15, 2009 11:54 AM

    Seriously Florio, if Adam Jones and Chris Henry had attended USC (instead of Pat White’s beloved alma mater) you would use your bully pulpit to put down the Trojans every time an NFL player got arrested.
    “Plaxico Burress got arrested for shooting himself in the leg. (Editor’s note: In unrelated news Pete Carroll petitioning the NCAA to grant Plaxico his final year of eligibility).”
    “Donte Stallworth got arrested for DUI manslaughter (Editor’s note: I didn’t know Stallworth was a Trojan)”

  25. VonClausewitz says: Apr 15, 2009 11:58 AM

    It’s funny that the knives aren’t out for Jones-Drew here. After all, he’s still under contract, he’s only 3 years into his career and he asked for a raise based on performance. Just like Cutler. The difference is that the Jags decided to pay something close to market value, and Denver decided to take their chances. The player in this situation has limited options. They can either accept whatever the team does, or they can wage a PR battle. If they accept the teams wishes and the team doesn’t pay they are SOL. If they go to the press they’re branded malcontents – but they’ll probably get paid. So the question teams have when facing these situations is do they think the player is worth it? If they aren’t, ship em. if they are, pay em. But don’t try to weasel a bargain out of it because it will bite you in the ass. Denver tried to weasel and they ended up having to fall back on the ship em side because the risk of internal strife had risen to a dangerous level. This Jones-Drew contract is a lesson on doing it right.

  26. PREDATOR says: Apr 15, 2009 11:58 AM

    Mojo is the dude.
    But REGGIE BUSH IS WAAAAY BETTER ..
    uh..

  27. Gfunk says: Apr 15, 2009 12:02 PM

    “One thing is clear — Mike Florio never misses a chance to take a swipe at Reggie Bush.”
    That’s because he’s one of the biggest busts in recent memory. Jacksonville’s front office is just as dumb as New Orleans’ is.

  28. bigvinnyinjax says: Apr 15, 2009 12:06 PM

    This is all makes for a nice little story, but can we please get back to the real story – the new unis?

  29. Colts2145 says: Apr 15, 2009 12:11 PM

    By all accounts, he deserves the money. As a Colts fan, I have seen him just gash our putrid run defense every time he plays us and I feel so depressed that we passed him over for the injury-prone Joseph Addai, he of the 3.5 YPC last year. This guy is a bone-fide offensive threat, and I shudder in fear at the thought of him getting even more touches.

  30. JustPlayFootball says: Apr 15, 2009 12:36 PM

    jimicos says “He had 13 fewer carries than Willie Parker. 17 fewer carries than Ronnie Brown. Brandon Jacobs had 22 more carries than MJD….”
    Wow- facts to backup an argument on PFT, Florio take note!!

  31. evilboy128 says: Apr 15, 2009 12:39 PM

    HOLD ON!!! had to pick myself off the floor….FLORIO ACTUALLY WROTE A POSITIVE JAGUAR ARTICLE!!!! at Reggie Bush’s expense. Actually…since he was drafted..only one other running back has more all purpose yards and touchdowns than MJD…Ladamion Tomslinson.

  32. abbazabba says: Apr 15, 2009 12:46 PM

    well well, now he has to put his money where his mouth is. Nothing is in his way of being “The best” now right? Good luck JD.

  33. HouTex says: Apr 15, 2009 12:46 PM

    So this sucks, Slaton will get at least this deal if not more.

  34. Nebvikefan says: Apr 15, 2009 1:05 PM

    jimicos says:
    “Brown – 247 offensive touches, 1170 yards from scrimmage
    Jacobs – 225 offensive touches, 1125 yards from scrimmage
    Parker – 213 offensive touches, 804 yards from scrimmage
    So he had more touches on offense and much more yards from scrimmage than those three guys – all feature backs.”
    Actually the only one of these guys who was a feature back last year was Parker who had so few touches and yards because he was injured and only played in 11 games.
    Brown split carries with Ricky Williams who had 189 touches!
    Jacobs split carries with Derrick Ward who had 223 touches!
    I agree MJD is good, but can he carry a team like AP, Turner, LT, Portis?

  35. JAGnBLACK says: Apr 15, 2009 1:20 PM

    MJD still won’t be the every downs back as much of your are thinking. there’s speculation that a RB will be drafted. Beanie Wells maybe, LeSean McCoy, Andre Brown maybe. You have to pay in this league to keep the produciton churning. Besides all that, Greg Jones will be featured more in the run game. He’s not a third down back as his physique would claim. Don’t expect MJD to get over 300 carries. Expect 275 to him and 125 from Greg Jones and maybe a good 25-50 carries to the “other” back if one is drafted. This team will get back to smash-mouth football.

  36. Abe Froeman says: Apr 15, 2009 1:50 PM

    Boo bias.

  37. samh says: Apr 15, 2009 2:21 PM

    Florio forgot a reference to the Denny’s incident, too.

  38. footballisking says: Apr 15, 2009 2:24 PM

    Jones Drew is a hell of a back!!!!!!!!it was a good deal for both sides they didnt overpay an insane amount

  39. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Apr 15, 2009 3:06 PM

    Hey Saints fans. How many Super Bowls has Reggie taken you to? Thought so. And yes, I am well aware that it is the same number that MJD has taken the Jags to, but one was drafted in a spot where he was supposed to be that difference maker, the other wasn’t. Bush is, was, and always will be a WR that lines up behind the QB, just like Mr. Orange jumpsuit is, was, and always will be (if he ever gets a chance again, that is) a RB that puts his hands under the posterior of the center.

  40. jbibbee says: Apr 15, 2009 3:33 PM

    As a Jag Fan, we HAD to pay Mo Jo. The guy IS the team and was paid the absolute minimum his first three years in the league. His production outweighed his contract and now that he is the bonafide #1 without Fred, he has to get paid. The man does everything from run, catch to block. You can’t disrespect a single aspect of his game and now we need a good draft to build around him. If the interior of the O Line comes back healthy… game over.

  41. joe.attaboy says: Apr 15, 2009 3:35 PM

    Don’t question MJD’s ability (or desire) to go full time for 16 games. First, this guy came into the league with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He was passed over in the first round, when the Jaguars selected him 60 overall. He believed he was a better back than a lot of other guys before him (like that Bush feller), and the his numbers bear that out.
    He’s getting starter money now because he’s the man. Fred Taylor was the man until this season, and there’s no doubt that this guy is a star and the brightest light in the Jaguars’ offense. They’re not paying him on speculation; everyone, especially Shawne Merriman and the Colts’ defense, already know what this guy can do.
    As for durability, MJD has some very capable guys to spell him. Greg Jones is a fine blocking fullback and is a pretty good straight-up running back. Chauncey Washington will have a year’s experience and is a decent back. They brought Alvin Pearman back from Seattle near the end of last season, and Montell Owens has proven himself on special teams mostly, but he can carry. There’s no doubt they’ll look at running back in the draft as well, though it’s no secret that corner, o-tackle and wide receiver are bigger priorities.

  42. SF Saints Fan says: Apr 15, 2009 4:03 PM

    Florio is always good for a Reggie Bush dig any chance he gets.
    I think that Jones-Drew is a very good running back, but I am not sure that redoing his deal is a good move for the Jaguars.
    And Florio, you might want to consider the impact Reggie Bush has made in the passing game and on special teams before you bash him again tomorrow or the next day. He reached 100 career receptions in his 19th NFL game, second quickest to that point only behind Anquan Boldin. Bush has 213 career receptions in his first three seasons.
    Bush is a very good all around player. He lacks the inside punch you would like from a running back, but he makes up for it in the receiving game and on special teams.
    I still do think that Jones-Drew is a very good running back and I would be hard pressed to take Bush over Jones-Drew in an even trade. The Jaguars made a good draft pick when they selected Jones-Drew. I just think that they probably should have waited to redo his deal after this season is over.

  43. abbazabba says: Apr 15, 2009 4:34 PM

    now all the Jags have to do is address all their other issues. For one who are they going to throw the ball to?

  44. SixburghDynasty says: Apr 15, 2009 4:47 PM

    Jones-Drew is one of the best RB’s in the game…….in his own mind. Same way i’m one of the richest people in the world, in my own mind.
    Highway robbery on this one. No 1000 yd seasons and he gets 8 mil with 20 guaranteed? Shame on you Jax. Jones-Drew could have a breakout season or 2, but odds say this is a bad deal and way too much money.

  45. SF Saints Fan says: Apr 15, 2009 4:59 PM

    Florio is always good for a Reggie Bush dig any chance he gets.
    I think that Jones-Drew is a very good running back, but I am not sure that redoing his deal is a good move for the Jaguars.
    And Florio, you might want to consider the impact Reggie Bush has made in the passing game and on special teams before you bash him again tomorrow or the next day. He reached 100 career receptions in his 19th NFL game, second quickest to that point only behind Anquan Boldin. Bush has 213 career receptions in his first three seasons.
    Bush is a very good all around player. He lacks the inside punch you would like from a running back, but he makes up for it in the receiving game and on special teams.
    I still do think that Jones-Drew is a very good running back and I would be hard pressed to take Bush over Jones-Drew in an even trade. The Jaguars made a good draft pick when they selected Jones-Drew. I just think that they probably should have waited to redo his deal after this season is over. Then again, if he has another solid year the price would only go up.

  46. jimicos says: Apr 15, 2009 5:51 PM

    Nebvikefan says:
    April 15th, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    Actually the only one of these guys who was a feature back last year was Parker who had so few touches and yards because he was injured and only played in 11 games.
    Brown split carries with Ricky Williams who had 189 touches!
    Jacobs split carries with Derrick Ward who had 223 touches!
    I agree MJD is good, but can he carry a team like AP, Turner, LT, Portis?
    ——————————
    True, I’ll give you that. But my point was that those are all guys who got fewer touches and much fewer yards from scrimmage than MJD last year. Is anyone bitching about them making money?
    In hindsight, the best way to evaluate this deal is to look at his production versus other backs who got paid what MJD got paid last year. I’m sure he’d blow most similarly paid backs out of the water in terms of the production in his first three years. And then continue that comparison forward into next year and beyond.
    I don’t think anyone’s comparing MJD to AP, LT, Turner and Portis… Aside from himself, when he says he’s the best. I certainly wasn’t trying to make that case. Is he getting the money those four are getting? Probably not, but I don’t know. If he’s getting money comparable to those 4 guys, then I’d expect to see him step up with 280-300+ carries next year and keep his ypc average up.

  47. RuloMeck says: Apr 15, 2009 6:29 PM

    VonClausewitz, you’re such a… *sigh*
    You know, why bother. You (and everyone unfortunate enough to be around you) already know what a ill-informed idiot you are.

  48. wojo6620 says: Apr 15, 2009 9:19 PM

    WOW! A million for every 2″ of height!

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