The Jaguars are willing to let running back Maurice Jones-Drew shop around in free agency.
According to John Oehser of Jaguars.com, G.M. David Caldwell said Tuesday that the club wasn’t expected to re-sign Jones-Drew before the new league year begins in March.
However, Caldwell noted that he wasn’t “pessimistic” about the prospect of Jones-Drew returning for 2014, Oehser reported.
Since entering the NFL in 2006, Jones-Drew has carried 1,804 times for 8,071 yards and 80 TDs and has caught 335 passes for 2,873 yards and 11 TDs in regular-season play. He will be 29 in March.
Jones-Drew rushed for 803 yards and five TDs on 234 carries this season for the Jaguars, for whom he has played his entire career.
Should Jones-Drew depart, the Jaguars would likely to be in the market for at least running back, whether in free agency or the draft.