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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.

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  1. garypagetwo says: Mar 11, 2014 9:49 PM

    Vikings Suck

  2. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 11, 2014 9:49 PM

    Another overrated Stanford player.

  3. ariani1985 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:51 PM

    Remember green bay fans when toby out gained your lazy rookie!

    Skol

  4. seahawks80 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:51 PM

    Lol, he left the Vikings for Jacksonville, I really feel sorry for AP

  5. jebdamone says: Mar 11, 2014 9:53 PM

    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.

  6. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 11, 2014 9:54 PM

    I think Luck and Zach Ertz will prove you wrong

  7. ninefingers9 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    Congrats Jag rubes, your gonna love watching this guy play!

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    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.

  9. sportsnut101 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    good move for him he will start right away

    they need to upgrade their line on the off side

  10. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 11, 2014 9:56 PM

    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.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:57 PM

    he is deceptively quick up the middle. good back. glad he finally is getting a nice contract and opportunity to be a number one.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 11, 2014 9:59 PM

    MJD wasn’t going back to the Jags in any case. He’s a west coast guy, maybe he joins his buddy Gabbert in San Fran.

  13. seahawk45 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:59 PM

    Good for him after 4yrs. in the sewer he can go to a team with at least some hope!

  14. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 11, 2014 9:59 PM

    He looks more like a plumber than a starting NFL running back.

  15. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 PM

    He’ll turn that team around… lol

  16. sbmichel says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 PM

    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.

  17. fumblenuts says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 PM

    Gus is building his offense like Carroll…..run first.

  18. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 11, 2014 10:00 PM

    Gerhart is going to gain a lot of yards if he gets a good amount of carries. That 4.7 career ypc is no joke. The Vikings didn’t use him much because they didn’t need him. He’s definitely better than Eddie Lacy.

  19. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Mar 11, 2014 10:02 PM

    Obviously, he just wanted out of that hell hole pathetic franchise known as the vikings.

    skololololololol

  20. calkinsrob says: Mar 11, 2014 10:03 PM

    Hope he gets an opportunity to start. I like Gerhart.

  21. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 10:03 PM

    I think folks will be surprised how productive Gerhart can be in a starting role.

  22. bennyb82 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:04 PM

    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…

  23. 3 Finger Lenny says: Mar 11, 2014 10:04 PM

    Fantasy sleeper baby

  24. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 11, 2014 10:05 PM

    I remember when he shredded the Ravens defense..that was awesome.

  25. InFact says: Mar 11, 2014 10:05 PM

    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?

  26. backdapack4evr says: Mar 11, 2014 10:06 PM

    All you see you from Minnesota free agents are taillights!!
    Lol

  27. jermainewiggins says: Mar 11, 2014 10:07 PM

    Glad to see hes getting a chance elsewhere. Good luck Toby!

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 11, 2014 10:07 PM

    All the fans complaining about a football player with a name like Blaine Gabbert get one named Toby Gerhardt.

    Karma.

  29. hennessey1200hp says: Mar 11, 2014 10:08 PM

    Good Luck Gerhart, Jacksonville is lucky to have you!

  30. marleywars says: Mar 11, 2014 10:09 PM

    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.

  31. Norseman says: Mar 11, 2014 10:10 PM

    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.

  32. sdsmooth says: Mar 11, 2014 10:13 PM

    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.

  33. BigVinnyInJax says: Mar 11, 2014 10:14 PM

    4.7 average. Nothing wrong with that. Good move.

  34. drock36 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:16 PM

    He’s still in the league? That’s right, he was in Minnesoda

  35. beerbratscheese says: Mar 11, 2014 10:16 PM

    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.

  36. fazzle1 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:16 PM

    Jacksonville, huh? See you in 3 years Toby when you decide to rejoin the NFL.

  37. gbmickey says: Mar 11, 2014 10:16 PM

    Remember green bay fans when toby out gained your lazy rookie

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

  38. thenordicthunder says: Mar 11, 2014 10:17 PM

    Twice the RB of Eddie Lazy.

  39. vikes69 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:17 PM

    wish him nothing but the best, but thats a bit much for a #2 rb

  40. FlashPatterson says: Mar 11, 2014 10:19 PM

    Good luck Toby! Wish you could’ve stayed but it was unfair to waste your talents like that.

  41. backdapack4evr says: Mar 11, 2014 10:19 PM

    The only thing you see from the Viking free agents are there taillights!!!
    Gone gone gone
    Lol

  42. cags777 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:21 PM

    Best of luck to Toby in Jacksonville. Fierce competitor who goes out of his way to make plays.

  43. minnesnowda says: Mar 11, 2014 10:22 PM

    Good power runner with deceptive speed great blocking and good hands best all around back in FA.

  44. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:23 PM

    MJD will soon reappear as a Raider.

  45. ariani1985 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:23 PM

    When his airplane flew over Wisconsin, do you think he could hear the clown music?

  46. gbmickey says: Mar 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    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!

  47. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    They didn’t want to waste Gerharts talent but they have no problem building a team that can’t win back to back games around Peterson.

  48. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 11, 2014 10:32 PM

    “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.

  49. bmue42 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:33 PM

    Who did the Vikings play in the playoffs last year?

    Go pack

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

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

  51. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 11, 2014 10:34 PM

    “They didn’t want to waste Gerharts talent but they have no problem building a team that can’t win back to back games around Peterson.”

    Uh, what?

  52. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 11, 2014 10:35 PM

    They’re going to roll with a fullback as their primary back? It’s not 1963 anymore …

  53. jermainewiggins says: Mar 11, 2014 10:39 PM

    Its funny how ppl will bash a team into the ground but wont even contemplate talking about or praising their own team.

  54. hazelmn says: Mar 11, 2014 10:40 PM

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

  55. cougar69rt03 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:41 PM

    good luck toby we hardly knew ye

  56. ninefingers9 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:43 PM

    “Your name…is Toby!”

  57. randallwoodfield says: Mar 11, 2014 10:44 PM

    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.

  58. ariani1985 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:49 PM

    Maybe someone should tell turd Thompson that FA has started!

    Must be so proud to have 5-8 Samantha shield!

  59. InFact says: Mar 11, 2014 10:54 PM

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

    Ergo, pedestrian backs like Gerhart get $10M.

  60. billbrasky72 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    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.

  61. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 11, 2014 11:01 PM

    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!

  62. warjag55 says: Mar 11, 2014 11:04 PM

    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!

  63. henryjones20 says: Mar 11, 2014 11:08 PM

    He gonna look great in a London jag jersey

  64. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Mar 11, 2014 11:13 PM

    Wow, a Vikings sloppy second. Sucks to be Jax.

  65. pftking says: Mar 11, 2014 11:26 PM

    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.

  66. sodaknick says: Mar 11, 2014 11:31 PM

    Good luck, Honky Kong!! We’ll miss you here in Purple Land.

  67. lordfletcher says: Mar 11, 2014 11:32 PM

    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

  68. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 11:43 PM

    The Vikings were so sad, they didn’t win back to back games last season, and have also lost 40 games in the last 4 seasons.

  69. skolvikesskol says: Mar 12, 2014 12:31 AM

    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.

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:27 AM

    Toby must be very relieved to finally be playing for one of the 31 successful NFL teams.

  71. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:39 AM

    Ariani1985 sure is sad….

    Almost as sad as the Vikings fans, the most delusional in the NFL!

  72. i10east says: Mar 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    @warjag55

    All of that gibberish you’re spouting off nonsensically. SMH….

  73. 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.

  74. razzlejag says: Mar 12, 2014 5:57 AM

    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.

  75. TBaySlim says: Mar 12, 2014 8:44 AM

    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.
    *******************************************
    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

  76. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 AM

    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.

  77. packersgreenbay says: Mar 12, 2014 9:10 AM

    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

  78. malibudave66 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    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!!!

  79. tlippert says: Mar 12, 2014 10:33 AM

    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.

  80. stellarperformance says: Mar 12, 2014 4:14 PM

    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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