Maurice Jones-Drew visiting Steelers, as interest builds

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It’s not a good time to be a free agent running back, even an accomplished one.

But longtime Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has some suitors, and is going to see one of them.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jones-Drew is visiting the Steelers today, and has other teams interested.

The Steelers don’t have much of note in the backfield other than Le’Veon Bell, and Jones-Drew would give them a solid 1-2 punch of backs.

The Jaguars haven’t shown much interest in retaining Jones-Drew, who is as much of a face-of-the-franchise type player as they’ve had in the last decade. There were early indications they’d be willing to have him back, but that hasn’t turned into anything tangible.

49 responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew visiting Steelers, as interest builds

  1. Steelers need another back, but at a vet minimum kind’ve price. If MJD is healthy and will work for that, he’d get my vote. Always respected him.

  2. The Steelers are definitely thin at running back behind Bell, especially since Dwyer left for Arizona.

    Jones-Drew might make some sense, but I also wonder how much he has left in the tank after being used fairly heavily in Jacksonville.

    I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing him in provided the price was reasonable.

  3. This guy needs to get on a team with a chance to win. Go backup Lynch in Seattle, or play for the min in denver/new england. He has no idea what winning is, this Steelers team isn’t going to show him.

  4. He will leave without signing. Steelers love “visits” not so much on signing players. Steelers would play season with 40 players if NFL would let them.

  5. Would be good for Pitt but is “interest building” or is it more likely that they need someone and he’s available.

    They wanted Starks but he stayed in GB – NOW interest is building in MJD?

    He’s left overs really.

  6. .

    He’s 29 years old and has a lot of miles on him. He’s probably looking for a multiyear deal which may not be available.

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  7. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 19, 2014 11:28 AM

    The world’s best franchise is making the world’s best moves. Take notes.

    Good, take him…….Then he can hold out for more money from you guys next year and then go on IR.

  8. He would be a good pickup for the Steelers at a reasonable price, as a #2 to LeVeon Bell. He would likely still be an upgrade over Dwyer or Starks.
    I doubt that he’ll get the money he’s looking for from the Steelers, and most certainly, barring an injury, have a much more limited number of touches.
    At this point in his career, it would probably make a lot of sense for him, but a lot of these players seem to be governed more by dollar signs and ego, than what might be best for them at a certain point in their career…

  9. MJD could be a good pickup if he’s willing to work for McFadden money. It would be like when the Jets grabbed LT for his final couple of seasons. Veteran locker room leadership and versatility. He would also be coming in with a strong desire to win.

  10. It about time Steelers take a shot at 1-2 backs. With one of the best qbs in the game, another running back is the ticket to get them back in the bowl game.

  11. The Jaguars wanted him back, just not at new car prices for a 9-year old car with 100,000 miles. Mojo just needed to realize that he wasn’t going to get premium money like he expected. Now he can come back to Jax and sign a 2-year deal at used car prices…

  12. MJD has owned the Steelers. They’ve got bruises (and lost home playoff games) they can remember. He runs hard like the Steelers like. I’d be happy for him there, but as much as I love visiting Pittsburgh and the people there, I hate the Steelers!

  13. He wants more than the Jags want to pay him and was dealt with fairly- they told him to test the market and then we’ll talk.

    It is unlikely that they would match any offer, though, they are retooling the roster from top to bottom and a 29 YO RB doesn’t quite fit.

    There may be some lingering effect from his holdout at the beginning of the 2012 season. He was signed for 2 more years and didn’t report, wanting a contract extension. The Jags and new owner Shad Khan basically drew the line in the sand. He missed training camp, finally reported and got hurt.

    So now he’s got the proverbial “chip on his shoulder”.

  14. MJD would be a solid pick for any team, as long as hes not the #1 guy and shares carries. Would love to see MJD come back home to the Bay in Silver and Black!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  15. Worlds best franchise seems to be in a world of hurt. Better hope MJD wants a minimum contract with your cap problems. Not only were you spurned by Starks you lost player after player and still don’t have enough money to even sign draft picks. Maybe Ben can restructure for the 3rd time putting his future salary at 30k. No wonder Piits has been home come playoff time.

  16. MJD had a better season than Ray Rice last year, and he would be the Steelers #2!

    I too would prefer Blount or Moreno but MJD has much better leadership, which might bump him ahead of the other 2 as their projects are similar.

  17. He’ll be back in Jax when its all done. He’s shopping the Jags offer and he should. But unless you know the whole MJD/JAGS story you must know
    1-his loyalty to Jax is weird but its there.
    2-they want him back at way lower salary,he wants to be back.
    3-there is something wicked special going on in Jax right now and forseeable future and he wants to be a part of it.Like the multiple FA signings
    4-Jags will be a lot better than the media and other fan bases want them to be.
    5-if he does land in PA wish him the best and hope he stays healthy, his only issue and holding out.

  18. Le’Veon Bell is the ONLY running back under contract on the Steelers’ roster. To say MJD would be a “good pickup” and might add depth would be understatements.
    However, what the 2014 Steelers need is depth. They haven’t any, which means they need players who can also play special teams.
    Come to think of it, MJD might be an upgrade as a kick returner for Tomlin, who loves to fill that role with the team’s slowest running backs. In Super Bowl 43, Gary Russell returned kickoffs, and in Super Bowl 45, Ike Redman was Tomlin’s return man. Hey, they were only Super Bowls. No big deal.

  19. The Steelers simply don’t have the cap space to afford MJD, even if he would work for the veterans minimum — which I seriously doubt. The Steelers will add depth at RB with a mid-round draft pick and maybe off the waiver wire come summer. Bell needs to stay healthy and be the bell cow.

  20. Surprise Miami or Tennessee hasn’t had him for a visit yet. Miami had no running game last year and signing MJD would be an immediate upgrade.

    Tennessee might try to move CJ this year because of his cap number, so why not do it now with MJD?

  21. That could work well for the Steelers.
    But I doubt it will happen since MJD continues to want to be paid like a clear difference maker #1 back, even though he clearly is no longer going to be used that way.
    He’s a 29 year old RB with the body wear of a 34 year old RB.

  22. Worlds best franchise seems to be in a world of hurt. Better hope MJD wants a minimum contract with your cap problems. Not only were you spurned by Starks you lost player after player and still don’t have enough money to even sign draft picks. Maybe Ben can restructure for the 3rd time putting his future salary at 30k. No wonder Piits has been home come playoff time.

    They actually do have enough money to pay for draft picks. When Woodley is officially released on June 2 they’ll save like 8 million.

  23. I gotta tell ya, Adrian Peterson running the ball with MJD as a third down darren sproles option in a norv turner offense would be pretty exciting

  24. Drew is nice..but I’d rather go after Blunt or Moreno..Younger and way less mileage..Steelers live having ppl “Visit” with no intent on signing them. They will draft a RB within the 1st four rounds but they still need one more

  25. MJD is worth it just for his blocking out of the backfield skills, which is why you don’t see running backs like Monty Ball getting more playing time. It took a full year of teaching him before they could trust him to try and protect Peyton. Blocking by RB’s is more important than ever in a pass happy league.

  26. I would support this signing if Sean Merriman was on the Ravens, Bengals or Browns.

    It would be worth it just to see that replay twice a year.

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