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MJD continuining his Pittsburgh visit on Thursday

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Free-agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew visited the Steelers on Wednesday.  According to Albert Breer of NFL Media, Jones-Drew will be back on Thursday.

Drafted in 2006, Jone-Drew has spent his entire season with the Jaguars.  After signing Toby Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract, the Jaguars presumably aren’t interested in bringing back Jones-Drew.

The Steelers could use help at the position.  While 2013 rookie Le’Veon Bell has become the top tailback, Jonathan Dwyer has left via free agency.  Felix Jones, who joined the team last year, also is a free agent.

The NFL’s rushing leader in 2011, Jones-Drew has rushed for 8,071 yards and scored 80 rushing touchdowns.  While the Steelers are pinched against the cap, a market-value deal could easily be negotiated with a cap number in the range of $1.5 million.

The Jets also reportedly have interest in Jones-Drew.  Pittsburgh was his first visit.

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14 Responses to “MJD continuining his Pittsburgh visit on Thursday”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    Great taste, less filling.

  2. hockey412 says: Mar 19, 2014 10:57 PM

    Spent his entire season there huh

  3. jjb0811 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:22 PM

    MJD thinks he’ll be happy playing 2nd fiddle, but he won’t. If he signs w/ Pitt, he’ll sign elsewhere next offseason.

  4. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:22 PM

    I would feel bad for running backs but then I think about their paychecks…

  5. riverhorsey says: Mar 19, 2014 11:28 PM

    Pittsburgh is an easy pick over the Jets

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 19, 2014 11:42 PM

    He’d be a great pickup, but I hope he’s ok playing b/up to the best tailback in the nfl.

  7. tampabaybucsman says: Mar 20, 2014 12:11 AM

    MJD: “Anywhere but Jacksonville.”

  8. garrison1981 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:30 AM

    Like the fit

  9. jerrysgloryhole says: Mar 20, 2014 12:38 AM

    An absolute shame this guys best years were wasted in Jacksonville.

  10. jagsandliquor says: Mar 20, 2014 12:48 AM

    Get to 10000 yards mjd

  11. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:33 AM

    I can see this really happening, smh!

  12. td386steel says: Mar 20, 2014 7:07 AM

    I be shocked if he signs with the Steelers

  13. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 20, 2014 10:11 AM

    The Jets have a need, and a lot more money to sign him. A 2 year 7 million deal would be good. He and Ivory could split carries. He also brings pass catching ability the Jets lack in Ivory. I would gamble for the 3.5 mill a year.

  14. steelcurtainn says: Mar 20, 2014 10:41 AM

    Pittsburgh- Division winner and Superbowl contender or the Jets- non-Superbowl contender and fighting will the Bills for last place. Why do Jax all over again? Easy Decision for MJD.

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