Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Steelers in play for Maurice Jones-Drew

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Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s representatives are expected to meet with the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers at this week’s league meeting.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that those four teams are all interested in Jones-Drew.

So Jones-Drew has plenty of suitors, but the question then becomes, At what price? Jones-Drew is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons, having missed 10 games in 2012 and then returning in 2013 to rush for a career-low 3.4 yards a carry. At age 29, Jones-Drew’s days of getting paid a lot of money are likely behind him.

Jones-Drew is likely stuck accepting a contract without much guaranteed money, but perhaps with the possibility of making significant incentive bonuses if he returns to something approximating his 2011 form, when he ran for 1,606 yards.

It was only a couple years ago that Jones-Drew was one of the best running backs in the NFL. But if you’re a running back who expects to make a lot of money in the NFL these days, you’ll need to be the best in the league now, not a couple of years ago.

63 responses to “Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Steelers in play for Maurice Jones-Drew

  1. I don’t understand the Patriots being named as suitors for all these upper tier free agents. Especially running back, which is one of their lowest areas of need.

    Of course, I thought they’d never sign Revis.

  2. he can go to miami and be part of the new era of dominance in the afc east.

    that and he wont have to play for the pats where they cheat to win.

  3. MJD would look tight in the Black n’ Gold — come to Steeler Country, Mo’!

  4. radioactive

    …the Bills/Jets will compete for last place in the AFC East. At the moment, looks like the Jets will finish last. Rex + Geno + Dog Killer = 5-11

  5. Once you catch a ride on the injury train it is hard to get off it and put in a full seasons work. That is going to limit the interest in Pocket Hercules.

  6. Still waiting for the Jags to explain why they held onto him for his entire career. I don’t get it and don’t see anything but missed opportunity considering they didn’t use him to win.

  7. Considering how Idzik has been dealing with free agents, I don’t see the Jets offering him the kind of money he would want.

  8. He’d be a good fit with the Patriots. I don’t really know much about those other teams aside from the fact they almost always lose to the Patriots, so that also seems an easy decision.

  9. MJD could be useful splitting carries. Dude is a good leader, and a solid citizen. His numbers have dropped. But who wouldn’t have crappy numbers when the D is loading 8-9 defenders in the box? He would help the Jets immensely. Pair him with Ivory and Goodson as a 3rd down back. Good cheap, no risk signing.

  10. I don’t see why the Patriots would need him.

    If they lose Blount, then I could see him working into the Ridley/Vereen rotation. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense.

  11. If Jets signs, you know the other 3 interested teams were bogus…Idzik only throws out lowball offers these days for the truly desperate (exception being Decker)

  12. Did patriots fans wake up this past week or do they remember that they were one of the worst franchises in sports for the first 30+ years they existed? Must be contagious since the Redsox sucked for 100 years but people kept going to games.

  13. The Patriots???
    Blount, Ridley, Vereen, AND MJD?

    Why would MJD go to NE? What am I missing because I don’t see it.

  14. All the Jets are doing is adding veteran talent to a young team that had 8 wins last year with a rookie QB. 12 draft picks coming, looks like an 11-5 team.

  15. Vikings are a Dynasty! Vikes!!!! Too funny..I love those Vikings dudes..They make me laugh…Vikings are irrevelant..so keep hating the Patriots..what else y’all got to do

  16. Most Pats fans would rather have Blount back. MJD is close to the end of the line. Pittsburgh and Miami would be okay places to go while landing in New England would make his dreams come true. Anywhere but that circus in New York!

  17. The only good thing about the Jets offense last year was their offensive line and that has remained the same so with an upgrade at the QB and recieved position ” Desean Jackson” and MJD yeah could be a pretty good 5 and 11 team keep hating haters check our roster after the draft and you’ll be hard pressed to say were not a playoff team.

  18. His drop off has been scary. A prove it deal with incentive $$$ is the only way to safely do this deal.

  19. at his age he needs to pick the team he feels will have the best shot at winning a superbowl. So he shouldn’t pick any of the teams listed

  20. He starts for the Jets or Miami. He splits carries for the Patriots or Steelers. Call me crazy but I think he is going to stay in Florida and sign with the Dolphins. The Dolphins have a good young QB, a revamped O-line and the carries available for him to reach his incentive money.

  21. I’d guess he goes to the Patriots for a bargain and does well. We’ll then hear from the sports journalists how genius they are to have shown interest, ignoring the other teams that are supposedly interested.

  22. JDrew to the Pats makes absolutely no sense. Ridley and Vereen are in the last yr of their contracts. Why would they bring in an aging veteran near the end of the line when they have several other needs. If anything, they’ll draft the next guy and they still have Boldin. Blount may still resign for cheap money as well.

  23. MJD and Chris Ivory in New York with Desean Jackson, Decker, Marquise Lee and Vick at QB. Get your Jets tickets NOW!!!!!

  24. It’s in the bag. MJD wants a ring, and it’s obvious there’s only one team on that list that where that’ll happen.

  25. All this MJD is washed up so why would the Patriots want him talk…. sounds a lot like Corey Dillon talk… Worked out well in that situation. Blount’s probably not coming back, Ridley has been in and out of Bill’s doghouse. Vereen has yet to prove he can stay healthy. And Bolden was already hit for drug violation once. If we can get MJD for cheap resurgence for 2-3 years, lines up well with Tom’s remaining shelf life.

  26. Jets 11-5? Not a chance. pitt,denver,bears, detriot,chargers,K.C,packers and the pats twice. against geno or vick. They won’t even go 8-8.

  27. Not sure why people continue to bash the Steelers for being old. They went from one of the oldest defensive units to one of the youngest for this season. By adding Free Agents already, and their first round plan to add a DB most likely, their average age on defense will be 26.7 years old. On offense, as it stands with the addition of Lance Moore, their offense is an average age of 26.1 years of age. Please explain to me how that is old? You are using a stereotype because their Super Bowl teams remained in tact until players retired or were ultimately let go.

  28. Join the afc north, not a chance, if you want to play more than a few weeks the rest of your career. Too physical in that division. Pats seem to be able to revive careers, dolphins guys go there to get paid and enjoy the women, weather and nightlife. Jets will run him into the ground .

  29. He doesn’t start for the Jets. He probably gets short yardage and goal line work. Ivory and Powell lead the #2 rushing attack in the AFC. JD gets 7-8 touches a game.

  30. Samson you have made sense, that doesn’t work here. You have to understand you have a lot of kids and men who still live at home with their parents, and this is all they have. It’s the same comments over and over, it’s exhausting and sad.

  31. I’m guessing he plays for Miami. He won’t have to move out of Florida, and the tax free income is a plus.

  32. If he’s looking at an incentive-heavy deal wherever he goes, then he’s almost certainly going to lean towards the place where he’s likely to get the most playing time.

    As I see it, he would clearly be a backup to Bell in Pittsburgh and the Vereen/Ridley combo in New England, so I would think the Jets and Dolphins might have a leg up here, all else equal.

    As a Steelers fan, I would welcome him with open arms, but if I think I would prefer Blount to him as I think he’s got maybe a little more in the tank at this point.

  33. If he can breathe, stand upright, and block then Miami needs him because Thomas and Miller do not understand what pass protection means.

  34. He’d fit in really well with the Pats or Steelers. Miami or NYJ would just be a waste of time, although he’d probably get more playing time with either of those teams. It depends on what he’s looking for.

  35. Can people please stop saying the Steelers are old. Its simply not true. You can say what you want about their talent but they have an average age of 26 for their 2014 projected offensive starters and an an average age of 27 for their projected defensive starters. That makes their offense one of the youngest in the league and their defense middle of the road. Only Ben, Heath, Troy and Ike are starters over 30.

  36. Funny how the media and it’s circus of morons and overreacting piss-ants continue to write off one of the best rb’s in the league in MJD. He had a down year last year because a: He was returning from a pretty bad injury; b: He literally is the only offensive threat in one of the worst in NFL history so any team facing those lowly Jags last year just had to load up their D to stop him. MJD will be an absolute STUD on any of the aforementioned teams, especially in N.E. or Miami with their top notch o-lines. He’d be wise to look into joining the Pats if he wants a legitimate shot at winning anything. Look for his ground #’s to be somewhere around 1,300/10/5.0 and 40/350/5 in the air especially if he signs with N.E.

  37. Mojo has been told ‘no’ his entire life. I would be surprised if he began listening now.
    I have no idea where he will end up, but it was a privilege watching him run. Especially in 2011 when everyone in the entire stadium knew he was getting the ball, and it didn’t matter. I watched Larry Czonka run the ball as a kid, and I think Mojo was stronger.
    I’d love for him to finish out his career here in Jacksonville, unlikely though that may be.

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