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MJD visit with Steelers ends without a contract

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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew extended his stay in Pittsburgh for a second day in Thursday, but it appears there’s been no agreement on Jones-Drew sticking around for the 2014 season at this point.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Jones-Drew’s visit with the Steelers has concluded without a signed contract that would put Jones-Drew in the Pittsburgh backfield. It’s hardly impossible that an agreement could be reached in the future, but both sides will likely explore other options before that happens.

The Steelers were the first team to have Jones-Drew in for a visit since free agency got underway last week. The veteran’s representatives have talked up the number of interested teams, but he’s not in the strongest sales position as a soon-to-be 29-year-old back coming off a poor season.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is looking for a reliable backup for Le’Veon Bell in Bell’s second professional season. Whether because of money or something else, Jones-Drew isn’t fitting the bill at the moment so they’ll need to sift through the other options if they want to add someone before the draft.

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28 Responses to “MJD visit with Steelers ends without a contract”
  1. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 20, 2014 12:24 PM

    Sign him Izdik. Spend some money for the love of God!

  2. myspaceyourface says: Mar 20, 2014 12:25 PM

    I was hoping this would happen for Pittsburgh. It would have been a nice pairing.

  3. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 20, 2014 12:25 PM

    Sooner or later the Steelers are going to have to make the deal with someone, as it won’t do to have no halfback without a single NFL regular season touch behind Bell. This could also come after June 1, though. Plenty of time to find a veteran back or two and get them acclimated between now and the start of training camp…

  4. eagleswin says: Mar 20, 2014 12:26 PM

    MJD sure has fallen far and fallen quickly. The worst thing the Jags did with him was forgive his fines for holding out.

    Players know that no matter how much they hurt the team with their holdouts, the team will never make the players pay the fines when the player returns.

    If teams actually made the players pay their holddout fines, there would be fewer holdouts.

  5. jerruhjones says: Mar 20, 2014 12:29 PM

    He’s too young to play for Pittsburgh.

  6. blackngold4life says: Mar 20, 2014 12:37 PM

    No big deal ..RBs are a dime a dozen ..They should call in Blount and Moreno next

  7. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 20, 2014 12:39 PM

    Probably wants way too much $$$ and most likely also wants to start.

  8. rolltide510 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:45 PM

    MJD has always over-valued himself it seems. Probably looking to be paid like a 25 year old feature back.

  9. raveallday says: Mar 20, 2014 12:49 PM

    Because d Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have money. Period!!!

  10. loyalraven says: Mar 20, 2014 12:51 PM

    A lack of age did him in. The Steelers only give contracts to players that are 30+

    Sorry MJD, you’re too young and probably dont take enough steroids to be a Steeler. Good luck tho!

  11. razzlejag says: Mar 20, 2014 12:55 PM

    Another chip for the shoulder.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 20, 2014 12:59 PM

    He shied away from the ravens because of all the check-down hits he’d take.

  13. jpaq68 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    Come back to Jacksonville, MJD!

  14. purplefail says: Mar 20, 2014 1:10 PM

    Elway should sign MJD their offense would be silly.

  15. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    only thing old is the comments that we are old!!!

  16. getyourownname says: Mar 20, 2014 1:50 PM

    Does this mean he wasn’t interested in being paid with stale bags of peanuts and ketchup sauce?

  17. floriosbigtoe says: Mar 20, 2014 1:55 PM

    Wouldn’t they have to cut someone first?

  18. sbchampsagain says: Mar 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    An old, beaten down player like MJD would have fit in perfectly with the Steelers.

    I guess MJD must have realized that the Steelers have no money left under the cap to sign him with…

  19. lennymoorerules says: Mar 20, 2014 2:17 PM

    The Steelers have very little cap room. Jones-Drew still wants to be paid a respectable amount.

  20. weepingjebus says: Mar 20, 2014 2:19 PM

    On the plus side, he did come out of it with some free denture adhesive and an official Steelers brand walker.

  21. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 20, 2014 2:29 PM

    It’s time to change his name to Jones-Done.

  22. troy43mvp says: Mar 20, 2014 2:33 PM

    Ummmm has anyone noticed that the oldest person on the Steelers roster is Ike (33 years old) The only 32 year olds are Heath, Ben and Troy all of which have been to the Pro Bowl. Know your football trolls.

  23. lovefootball4life says: Mar 20, 2014 2:52 PM

    MJD didn’t visit the Ravens crownofthehelmet. He was in Pittsburgh. He followed Moore and Delmas who all visited and left without a contract this offseason. I guess when you said “I see your Smith and raise you a mjd” you were bluffing…?

  24. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 20, 2014 2:57 PM

    Maybe they can sign players after June, or maybe that will be just enough to sign their rookies and practice squad guys. I have to believe players will stop taking “invitations for a visit” from the Steelers when they know Steelers can’t afford them.

  25. jagsfan2012 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:35 PM

    I would like MJD come back to the Jags. He’s been a great player and with the right amount of carries, can be very productive.

  26. eddiek77 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:19 PM

    I’m not sold on Bell yet. Sorry. That delay step before he hits a hole makes me wonder about him.
    But I have no doubts about MJD. Here’s a guy who if nothing else could get a lot of carries and keep both he and Bell fresh late into the season.

    This signing would have made a lot of sense, despite the outrageous headline in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today from Steeler beat writer Ed Bouchette who apparently is also now able to write opinion pieces on who and who doesn’t make sense for the Steelers. Sheesh, what a clown, and what a yellow rag that paper has become.

    I don’t like the sound of the guy leaving town without a contract. Shame. He would have fit perfectly

  27. coachbeck says: Mar 20, 2014 10:19 PM

    Bell had a lot of tread on his tires. He will be a barry foster type. The steeler offense is very little beyond Ben and miller

  28. tictoccpthook says: Mar 21, 2014 1:15 AM

    There is still time to sign him if they want to do so.

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