Gerhart goes to Jacksonville

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After four years standing in the considerable shadow of Adrian Peterson, running back Toby Gerhart has opted to step out on his own.

He’ll do so by joining the Jaguars, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

A league source tells PFT that Gerhart’s three-year deal has a base value of $10.5 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed.

The move could mean that the Jaguars have exited the Maurice Jones-Drew business.  Given that he has eight years of wear and tear, the money paid to Gerhart is likely money that would have been given to Jones-Drew, if he wanted it.

A second-round pick in 2010, Gerhart has 1,305 career rushing yards, with a 4.7 per-carry average.

If, as it appears, Jones-Drew won’t return, Gerhart and Jordan Todman likely will serve as the top tailbacks in Jacksonville.

80 responses to “Gerhart goes to Jacksonville

  1. good luck toby…sorry we never really got to see you play up here in MN. obviously he is not the best RB in the league but i think he will surprise a lot of people. every time he got a shot he produced.

  2. I like Toby Gerhart. I do. But he’s a change of pace/backup. He’s not an every down NFL starter.

    I think it would make more sense to sign Drew now that they have a guy like this to spell him and give them a different look. Could add years to his career.

  3. good move for him he will start right away

    they need to upgrade their line on the off side

  4. The Mike Alsott’s of the NFL are, quite unfortunately, old news.

    He’ll be a 5-10 play a game back at best. As a former old school fullback I really respect this guy but this is a really bad deal $$$ wise by the Jags.

  5. Gerhart was a great backup to AP. And playing behind NFL’s best RB you can’t expect to get a lot of snaps (if any). We’ll miss him in Minnesota but best of luck to him in Jacksonville. With this move + dumping Gabbert + Jacksonville’s free agency moves I really like what Gus Bradley is putting together over there.

  6. Joique Bell signed a 3 year 9.5 million dollar deal today after a pretty darn good season…what has Gerhart done to warrant that contract? Strange when teams overpay a guy with hopes that he plays up to the dollar amount…

  7. Joining Jacksonville must be Selling Your Soul For $ Feeling….as you are either: 1) Sure your NY’s Day vacation will not be cancelled or 2) Positive renting is a good idea until the team moves to LA or OK City or Las Vegas.

    Is Jai Lai more popular in Jacksonville than the NFL?

  8. Jville, you are getting a good runner and great guy. He’ll put up good numbers and contribute extensively. Sorry to see him leave MN but it was inevitable. All the luck to Toby.

  9. Gerhardt for $10.5m over 3 years is a steal. Jags should be happy with this deal, even if it’s not the biggest splash in the FA market.

    Gerhardt will more than earn that money over the next 3 years.

  10. That pretty much says it all. A bad backup leaves the Vikings for Jacksonville. Even Toby knows Minnesota is the NFL’s biggest dumpster fire.

  11. The Jaguars just the ultimate, end-of-discussion, elite, best free agent RB available…..just ask Vikings fans.

    Yet, at the end of the day, if he carries the Jaguars to the playoffs as often as Adrian Peterson does, I think Jaguars fans will be disappointed.

  12. Remember green bay fans when toby out gained your lazy rookie

    Do you remember finishing in last place while the Pack finished in first?

  13. Now with the absent father Adrian on the decline in minnihaha and the torch in the division being passed to the “Hammer” Lacy expect more disappointment in queenland now that they have no backup. With all that money to spend that poor gm cannot prevent players from jumping ship.

    Let the dynasty of futility live on for another 53 years!

  14. “Do you remember finishing in last place while the Pack finished in first?”

    Yep, quite a season the packers put together last year. Scraping out those 8 wins to win an awful division must make you awfully proud.
    Having said that, good luck to gerhart. I think he will be solid for Jacksonville; can be an every down back with his blocking, pass catching, and decent rushing skills. Glad to see him get an opportunity to be the #1 back on his team.

  15. Gerhart is a surprisingly effective running back. The Jags did well on this one. Sorry to see him leave.

  16. Those that are blasting on Gerhart in any way, obviously know nothing at all about football. He’s strong as an ox, or your typical woman in Green Bay…same difference, deceptively fast and gives everything he has at all times. He’s smart and a great character guy. Any team that has him on the roster is better because of it. Hope the rest of his career is great.

  17. Remember, the CBA mandates that all NFL teams must spend 89% of their cap space $.

    Ergo, pedestrian backs like Gerhart get $10M.

  18. Gerhart is a beast….tough runner and deceptively fast. In college he was a very good pass-catcher too and even threw the ball very well on some trick plays. Too bad MN never used his potential. Good signing for JAX.

  19. Deceptively fast, smart, great character, fierce competitor, old school, fullback, change of pace…….hilarious racial code words!!!!! C’mon people, you can do better than that!

  20. Joining Jacksonville must be Selling Your Soul For $ Feeling….as you are either: 1) Sure your NY’s Day vacation will not be cancelled or 2) Positive renting is a good idea until the team moves to LA or OK City or Las Vegas.

    Is Jai Lai more popular in Jacksonville than the NFL?

    Well I see you are another ESPN watchers who don’t have a clue whats going on!

  21. Gerhart’s the tough guy. A power runner up the middle and gritty yard guy. Jacksonville is gonna need a speed guy to complement him to make him really effective.

  22. Still don’t know why Rick drafted him in the second. What a waste of s pick for the Vikes. And thats not a knock on toby but why have such a high pick following ap. Ugh

  23. One thing is overlooked. He has great hands for receiving. He could be a modern H back. Questions still linger about fumbles. Good pickup, solid #2 RB or an offense that splits the reps between 2 backs.

  24. The vikings used multiple draft pick trading up in the 2nd round to select Gerhart. He played on 3rd down because Peterson couldn’t and now those multiple draft picks and Gerhart are gone from the vikings. The vikings drafting rental players is foolish.

    The Jaguars get a 2nd round pick with little wear and tear.

    Obviously the Jaguars gained and the vikings lost on this signing.

    The 2010 draft class of the vikings sure did not pan out anything.

  25. The Jaguars have outdrawn the Steelers in the last couple of years and haven’t had a blackout since 2008 nor will they have one this year.

    They had a nice 2013 draft and it looks like 2 productive free agency periods plus they have 11 draft picks in the upcoming draft.

    They are installing, as we speak, the largest video boards in the NFL at Everbank Stadium. The team even gave us a live webcam to watch the progress.

  26. bobnelsonjr says:
    Mar 12, 2014 3:50 AM
    The vikings used multiple draft pick trading up in the 2nd round to select Gerhart. He played on 3rd down because Peterson couldn’t and now those multiple draft picks and Gerhart are gone from the vikings. The vikings drafting rental players is foolish.

    The Jaguars get a 2nd round pick with little wear and tear.

    Obviously the Jaguars gained and the vikings lost on this signing.

    The 2010 draft class of the vikings sure did not pan out anything.
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    Ahh the vikings traded out of the first round with detroit so detroit could get J.Best, then they flipped the “xtra” pick to move up to get T.Gerhart…Ignorance must be bliss packerback…Would i have liked to see the vikings keep Gerhart yes, but you cant keep all back ups…Prist holmes, Mike Turner all come to mine, got the best back the nfl in peterson, the vikings will draft or sign another back, good luck to Gerhart

  27. jermainewiggins says:
    Mar 11, 2014 10:33 PM

    More disappointment because we dont have our backup? Makes a lot of sense

    It does for the educated. Because Peterson is getting old and injured more often common sense would dictate you would try and hang on to a 2nd round pick from a few seasons ago with all the money they have. But there is a reason the queens are in the cellar and it starts with spieladope and ends with a losing mentality.

  28. Vikings(fans) always thinking about the Packer…I don’t blame u(we are good).
    Good pick up by the Jags. MJD’s injuries/aging have made him average NFL hb, no more MoJo

  29. I think people will be surprised at his ability as a every down back. I just wish the Raiders would have brought him home though but good luck Toby!!!

  30. He’s a running back people, he’s not a full back. He has some quickness and was nearly the Heismann winner for crying out loud. He ran a 4.5 something at the combine and can lay the wood. You likely won’t hear much about him going forward but only b/c he’ll be in Jacksonville, not for a lack of talent.

  31. He picked up all his yards during garbage time…..when the Vikings trailed by too much to recover. He’ll get his carries before fading into obscurity.

    And I will always remember the vicious hit he laid on Jennings. He leveled him. But unfortunately, it was Greg Jennings….on the Vikings.

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