After waiting for 17 days for a new contract from a new team, veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew returned to California on Friday, inking a three-year contract with the Raiders.
In his introductory conference call (via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle), Jones-Drew said that he’ll have a “chip on [his] shoulder,” and that “I know I felt like I was done wrong” by the Jaguars.
It’s unclear how or why he was “done wrong.” Jones-Drew earned every dollar of a five-year, $31 million contract. Two years ago, the Jaguars opted not to give Jones-Drew a new contract after he held out in an effort to get one. Last year, he made $4.95 million — nearly $1.5 million above the annual average at the top of the veteran market for running backs.
So before assessing whether the Jaguars did Jones-Drew wrong, it’ll be interesting to see how much he’ll make in 2014, 2015, and 2016 from the Raiders. It could be that the market continues to do veteran running backs wrong, and that the Jaguars actually did Jones-Drew right in 2013 by paying him a lot more than he made once he finally made it to the open market.
The fact that the numbers haven’t already been leaked suggests that Jones-Drew would love to be getting the $4.95 million this year that he received last year in Jacksonville.