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Maurice Jones-Drew signs with Raiders

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For the first time in his NFL career, tailback Maurice Jones-Drew is switching teams.

Jones-Drew, one of the Jaguars’ best players for the better part of a decade, has signed with the Raiders, the club said Friday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones-Drew received a three-year contract.

The 29-year-old Jones-Drew comes off one of his worst seasons, gaining just 3.4 yards per carry for Jacksonville. In Oakland, he’ll join Darren McFadden as one of the club’s primary ball carriers.

The signing officially closes the book on Jones-Drew’s eight-season run with the Jaguars. A second-round pick out of UCLA in 2006, Jones-Drew rushed for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns for Jacksonville.

The Jones-Drew deal is yet another notable free agent move for Oakland, which has also signed defensive ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley and wide receiver James Jones. The Raiders also traded for Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

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41 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew signs with Raiders”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    I like this alot, next up D.Jax then we wont really need to draft Watkins!!!

  2. adam710 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    The Raiders love signing players that were beasts in 2009.

  3. raidernation32 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    How much money though?

  4. oldrenn1 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    Solid pick up !!!

  5. steelerben says: Mar 28, 2014 3:37 PM

    I always liked MoJo. Hopefully he can stay healthy and find some success in Oakland.

  6. sperminat0r says: Mar 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    MJD + DJax = W’s

    This will probably save RM and DA’s job for at least another season.

  7. z06vision says: Mar 28, 2014 3:41 PM

    There going to the superbowl, 2009.

  8. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 28, 2014 3:41 PM

    If I’m Oakland fan, I dig this. McFadden can be very effective – but he can never seem to stay healthy.

    And MJD brings some thunder in a small package. I still think there’s some “Pocket Hercules” left in the tank.

    Oakland is becoming an interesting football team again.

  9. Raider-in-PA says: Mar 28, 2014 3:42 PM

    I dont understand DA & Reggie’s ‘plan’. I thought they were trying to build a solid core of young players. While I always liked MJD, I’m just not sure how much he has left in the tank. I really wanted to keep Jennings and pick up Blount… But it looks like the Ste-A-lers will land Blount now…

    Also. for the record, I’d rather have Watkins than DeSean…

  10. purehyped says: Mar 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    I like it. With DMc this gives us some inexpensive ‘Thunder & Lightning in Oaktown for 2014.

  11. voice0freasonn says: Mar 28, 2014 3:44 PM

    Niiiice now sign Djack and draft Khalil Mack and were back

  12. voice0freasonn says: Mar 28, 2014 3:46 PM

    I would sign one more rb though because you definitely have to have two rbs now a days and we all know we cant count on mcfadden for too much

  13. radrntn says: Mar 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    and he averaged 4.8 yards the season before….he is not the one who traded Eugene Monroe last year. The Jags also implemented the dreaded zbs last year, and had only two o-line starters finish the season…it’s ok keep the hate coming, we love it.

  14. voice0freasonn says: Mar 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    Hopefully in a perfect world we could sign one more rb with that being Blunt from new england hes a beast

  15. fordmandalay says: Mar 28, 2014 3:51 PM

    And MJD’s name was never mentioned again as he was sucked into the black hole of Raider fail, and disappeared from the playoffs, personal stats, fantasy boards, and the minds of fans.

  16. dasoxfan24 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:55 PM

    I like the signing…Mojo and D-Mac…One of them should be healthy enough at all times…Go get D-Jax and still draft Watkins…do not pass him up like they passed on Megatron for Jamarcus…DRAFT WATKINS!!

  17. espy70 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:57 PM

    It’s a lot of if’s but if these guys can stay healthy 👍 good work

  18. jhutch02 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    None of these moves will make a difference… at all. Tuck still has some left in the tank but is a shell of his former self. MJD same, Schuab had his chance as a starter on one of the best offensive teams in the NFL and lost his job to a rookie. James Jones was good when he had A-rod throwing to him and he had Jennings and Cobb who the 2 corners were matching up against. Go ahead Raider Nation deny deny deny that this isn’t true and keep believing your team has a chance against Denver this year.

  19. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 28, 2014 4:04 PM

    You know what? It’s weird to me that McFadden is the same age as Veldheer (26)… and he is also 3 years younger than MJD…

    Late…

  20. slick50ks says: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    He and McMarshmallow can take turns using the elderly scooter on the sidelines, unless they’re both injured at the same time. (which is most likely)

    Chiefs fans are jealous of this running back stable. LMFAO!

  21. badmoonrison says: Mar 28, 2014 4:06 PM

    Welcome home MJD, we know you will thrive here in the Bay…good signing, Reg.

  22. sportsfan69 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:19 PM

    Hey MJD,

    Looking back, I’m sure you’re regretting your hold out with Jacksonville. You lose money and a solid reputation. Oh well, you get to go home to Oakland and play in the wonderful dumpy Oakland Coliseum. Make sure you wear flip-flops in the locker room.

  23. ninerdre1990 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:29 PM

    Let’s be real. Raiders can make as many moves as they want but they’ll still finish 4 in the AFC West.

    I’m sorry but Shaub isn’t gonna take you to the “promise land” with Rivers, Smith and “PEYTON” in that division.

  24. grandmachine says: Mar 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    Run DMC and MJD would’ve been a frightening Rb duo in 2010.

  25. tindeaux says: Mar 28, 2014 4:51 PM

    i guess the raiders now can start their domination in afc west. LOL.

    from a charger fan

  26. wayneflores says: Mar 28, 2014 4:53 PM

    IR all star team ? Mcfragile and Drew both tearing league up with their 3 yards average per game. PITIFUL. I wonder how bad Reggie will screw up the draft?

  27. rawdog2013 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:55 PM

    Liking what we’re doing! Reece, McFadden & MJD = lethal backfield.
    Draft another RB

  28. andreboy1 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:58 PM

    I like how the Raider fan above said that the team is “back”.

    With a bunch of past their prime players and a crappy QB?

    The delusion of Raider Nation never ceases to amaze me.

    5-11 next year

  29. greg2geez says: Mar 28, 2014 5:05 PM

    All the kooks said Charlie Garner was washed up when he came to Oakland too. MJD/DMC looks more than a little like Garner/Wheatley to me.

  30. thommyberlin says: Mar 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    No one EVER heard ‘you can’t’ more than Mojo.

    I’m happy he gets to play with his hometown team, hopeful that he shuts his critics up, and sad to see him go. If ANY one can come back from his injuries, it would be Maurice. Jaysus, what a tough sob.

    Was a privilege to watch him play the game.

  31. rushbacker says: Mar 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    Bay Area Retirement Home.

  32. markpugner says: Mar 28, 2014 5:17 PM

    Nice looking backfield. Do the raiders have a coach?

  33. shutur5hole says: Mar 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    Denver KC and SD all will fall again this year Denver will be lucky not to bring up the rear. You heard it hear first.

  34. jhutch02 says: Mar 28, 2014 5:56 PM

    shutur5hole:Denver KC and SD all will fall again this year Denver will be lucky not to bring up the rear. You heard it hear first.

    That’s the perfect way to start the weekend, an unintelligent, laughable comment from a typical Raider fan. Cheers, I’ll drink to the comedy you provide.

  35. raiderapologist says: Mar 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    slick50ks says: Mar 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    He and McMarshmallow can take turns using the elderly scooter on the sidelines, unless they’re both injured at the same time. (which is most likely)

    Chiefs fans are jealous of this running back stable. LMFAO!
    —————
    McFadden was six years old the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game.

  36. raiders4ever says: Mar 28, 2014 7:08 PM

    RM seems like the great Al Davis of the 70s and 80s picking up cast offs and leading them to 2 super bowls…Jim Plunkett all over again baby !!

  37. dielawn7 says: Mar 28, 2014 7:22 PM

    Good move. I’d say draft Watkins not get Djax and pick up Alex Mack. Think that is a better plan. I just want as good a oline as possible. Move wiz back to guard. We would have a deep o line with that

  38. raiderapologist says: Mar 28, 2014 7:32 PM

    ninerdre1990 says: Mar 28, 2014 4:29 PM

    Let’s be real. Raiders can make as many moves as they want but they’ll still finish 4 in the AFC West.

    I’m sorry but Shaub isn’t gonna take you to the “promise land” with Rivers, Smith and “PEYTON” in that division.
    ————————-
    The realists among us understand that we’re in a tough division, and also have to face the NFC West this year. We’re just hoping the team can be a little more competitive and maybe catch a few breaks.

  39. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 28, 2014 7:42 PM

    jhutch02 says:
    Mar 28, 2014 5:56 PM

    shutur5hole:Denver KC and SD all will fall again this year Denver will be lucky not to bring up the rear. You heard it hear first.
    —————————————————
    That’s the perfect way to start the weekend, an unintelligent, laughable comment from a typical Raider fan. Cheers, I’ll drink to the comedy you provide.

    ————————————————–
    jhutch02,
    It’s not our fault we own the AFC west. I know it pisses you off, but until one of you weaklings in our division steps up to the greatness that is 3 rings, you will just have to deal with it!!! Perhaps that is why you turn to alcohol as you previously mentioned!!! Let it go, you will never be the KINGS of the AFC west…just accept it and you will feel better…

    Hey, this just in…check it out! LOL!!!

    Team of the Decades – 3 rings
    Defeated donkeys – 2 rings
    Little red scouts – 1 ring
    Chokers – 0 rings

    Late…

  40. addict2sport says: Mar 28, 2014 8:33 PM

    He better not get the sacred 32. That’s Marcus’ number!

  41. idpfantasyfootball says: Mar 28, 2014 8:35 PM

    Nice..! Now Rich Eisen has a reason to root for the Raiders!

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