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.