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MJD’s compensation gets cut in half

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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t happy with a Jaguars contract that paid him $4.45 million in 2012 and $4.95 million in 2013.  He can’t be thrilled, then, about his how first foray into free agency finished.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract details, Jones-Drew’s three-year contract with the Raiders has an annual average value of only $2.5 million.

Specifically, he’ll make $2.5 million each year.  In 2014, the money comes from a $1.2 million fully guaranteed roster bonus, a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.2 million, and a workout bonus of $100,000.

Next year, the money comes from a $2.4 million salary (non-guaranteed) and a $100,000 workout bonus.  The same formula applies in 2016.

Jones-Drew’s replacement in Jacksonville, Toby Gerhart, is getting $3.5 million per year on a three-year deal, with $4.5 million guaranteed.  Former Colts tailback Donald Brown, now a Charger, has the same three-year package, with $4 million guaranteed.

While surely the best offer Jones-Drew received, it’s far short of what he thought he’d get on the open market.  Which explains why the numbers didn’t come out until they were officially filed.

Still, it’s always better to be silent about a bad deal than to try to make a bad deal look better than it is by lying about the numbers.

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52 Responses to “MJD’s compensation gets cut in half”
  1. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 31, 2014 3:01 PM

    An undervalued back who got lost in the Jacksonville dysfunction.

    Should have been a Seahawk.

    #DYNASTYAWAITS

  2. jackburton77 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    The Raiders should sign Glass Joe next. His eyes blink twice before a run play.

  3. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    Who the hell thought that helmet was good idea???

  4. hawkfan72 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    Maybe some day these guys that complain about their contracts will realize that their current team is already giving them more than any other team would.

  5. chad504boy says: Mar 31, 2014 3:03 PM

    All running backs should go on strike. The crappiest of quarterbacks are getting paid nearly twice that to hold a clip board.

  6. blowpackblow says: Mar 31, 2014 3:03 PM

    Matches his production then

  7. toybkshr says: Mar 31, 2014 3:04 PM

    Bet he wishes the Jags had “done him wrong” a while longer!

  8. uncletuna says: Mar 31, 2014 3:04 PM

    The Days of the High Powered Running Backs are over; even AP is breaking down faster than normally because of the speed and size of the game today…

    It’ll be RB by Committee for many teams now…

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 31, 2014 3:07 PM

    If he isn’t happy with this price then naturally he would have retired. Sounds to me like he is happy with this number, and probably was happy with the previous numbers but felt like complaining anyhow just because some people aren’t very appreciative of getting paid many millions of dollars to play a kid’s game.

  10. badmoonrison says: Mar 31, 2014 3:08 PM

    Dang, we sure got him on the cheap! Go Raiders!

  11. raiderrob21 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:10 PM

    How about the fact that big Reg struck gold on ANOTHER contract???

    Keep up the great work Reggie and Co.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!

  12. luxinterior78 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:11 PM

    Aside from his baseless holdout and parting comments, I loved having him on the Jags. In his prime he ran as tough as anyone. This is a business though, and he is on the decline. Glad he found a home, but I most definitely dont feel sorry for him.

  13. elgranclavero says: Mar 31, 2014 3:13 PM

    MJD is a BALLER. He’s already made Money, he coming back to play in his hometown for his friends and family. Even though he past his prime is likely these will be his best years…He living the dream and he will be remembered for bringing his team the Raiders back to relevance.

  14. slick50ks says: Mar 31, 2014 3:13 PM

    Still WAY overpaid. Just like McMarshmallow.

  15. crise40g says: Mar 31, 2014 3:14 PM

    How about acknowledging the fact that Big Reg did good with this signing. Didn’t overpay for what people are calling an “old” RB who still got gas in the tank.

  16. jetsfaninindy says: Mar 31, 2014 3:18 PM

    I guess I don’t understand how Gehart ends
    up making more money than good, proven
    backs. Dude is a backup. Nothing more. Another miss by
    the Jags.

  17. raidernation32 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:18 PM

    McFadden is over paid huh? 100k guaranteed is waaaay to much…. lol what a joke

  18. danieljameswhite70 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:21 PM

    Gerhart would be a better tackle than a RB…

  19. dasoxfan24 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:25 PM

    All of these contracts the Raiders are giving out will not strap them in long run…glad to see Reggie signing guys the smart way.

  20. jayniner says: Mar 31, 2014 3:29 PM

    Until we see another great RB like Adrian Peterson come into the NFL, this will be the compensation trend for RB’s for a while.

  21. badmoonrison says: Mar 31, 2014 3:31 PM

    Thank God we learned our lesson from the Lamont Jordan contract…that one was ugly.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:31 PM

    I remember when I was a kid, everyone wanted to be a QB, but RB was right behind on the list.

    Today’s kids would be well-advised to take up WR or CB instead – the possibility for a long-term, big-money deal are much, much greater, and careers probably last longer as well. There’s just not as much money in being a RB these days.

  23. marty2020 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:38 PM

    I hope he does well in Oakland. He was a warrior for us in Jacksonville. Most Jag fans sincerely wish him the best. It’s a business. Nothing personal.

  24. radrntn says: Mar 31, 2014 3:43 PM

    It’s all good, and he is back home….now bring DeSean back home as well. (maybe for a little more $) LOl

    Go Reggie, Go Raiders!

  25. kantbedenied says: Mar 31, 2014 3:47 PM

    Raiders appear to be on the right track for a successful season. The only problem is their division…KC, and Den will make it difficult to win and compete.

    If the Raiders were in the NFC North/AFC North, probably be division champs

  26. pillaging4fun says: Mar 31, 2014 3:47 PM

    Cant believe fellow Raider fans think Reggie is doing a good job,.cuz he certainly is not

  27. FlashPatterson says: Mar 31, 2014 3:50 PM

    Why did they pay Donald Brown so much? And why did the Chargers even want him at all? Mathews and Woodhead combo are better than he is.

  28. packersgreenbay says: Mar 31, 2014 4:06 PM

    MJD is once again a downgrade from R. Jennings. 1st in J-ville now in Oakland

  29. vegasgreek says: Mar 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    Raiders should sign RB Chris Johnson when the Titans cut him along with DJAX and Draft WR Sammy Watkins . Then it will be a fun 2014 season and all the haters will finally back off and shut up. Once they move back to LA or VEGAS it’s lights out for the AFC . The Raiders will be bad from the dead like Lazarus for sure . They get a brand new stadium like the Cowboys have and EVERY TOP FA will want to be a Raider .

  30. jbaxt says: Mar 31, 2014 4:10 PM

    Still won’t compete in the AFC west. Dont think they’ll break 4 wins.

  31. dennis2488 says: Mar 31, 2014 4:10 PM

    Who cares about running backs? You need at least 4 in the NFL these days anyway. 4 mil a year on one running back?? Is it 1982 again where an rb had to carry the ball 50 times a game?

  32. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 31, 2014 4:10 PM

    You never pay RBs for what they have done, you pay them for what they are going to do.

    Raiders got MJD two years too late. Guy can pick up a blitz very well, but his days of 20+ yard runs are over.

    Good luck Mojo. Careful the chip on your shoulder don’t fall off.

  33. raider8er says: Mar 31, 2014 4:31 PM

    Wonder how much it would cost to employ Michael Bush again.

    We need to get young in a position that demands youth. All respect to Frank Gore across the bridge.

  34. richcolter says: Mar 31, 2014 4:39 PM

    Did no one read the article on the devaluation of the NFL Running Back? Value of RBs have gone down considerably in the NFL due to draft standing because most backs have remained one dimensional. Backs have become a dime a dozen and interchangeable. You have to have a back that can not only run for 16 games but catch and even throw during that time. There are punters getting paid more than RBs due to longevity alone. Where a kicker can easily get 7 points in a game, it’s hard for a RB to get a touchdown or a 100yd game and all while the load was placed on them

  35. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 31, 2014 4:44 PM

    Jags overpaid for an unproven guy and a team leader and when healthy, a rushing Champ in last three years was let go, for nothing, to sign for a lot less than our new, career-long 2nd-string replacement? Sorry, but this is a mistake. I can’t help but think if Caldwell could have gotten MJD back for $3M guaranteed for one year he’d of paid it. Now MJD goes to Oakland. Sad.

  36. antalicus says: Mar 31, 2014 4:45 PM

    MJD got fat and under performed and lost all his value. No clue why he decided to go to the Raiders.

  37. razzlejag says: Mar 31, 2014 4:46 PM

    You Raider fans chortling about this signing shouldn’t forget that MJD wears #32 b/c of the 32 teams that passed on him in the first round. You’re one of them, prepare for his badmouthing you, too.

  38. babygaga19 says: Mar 31, 2014 4:51 PM

    He is getting a fair wage to sit on the bench with Mcfadden and do nothing. Hell, it’s the Raider Way!

  39. raideralex99 says: Mar 31, 2014 4:52 PM

    Kickers making more than RBs that’s totally wrong.

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 31, 2014 5:05 PM

    Almost time for Mo to waddle off into the sunset.

  41. thegonz13 says: Mar 31, 2014 5:05 PM

    Memo to Chris Johnson.

    You might want to keep those numbers in mind if (when?) the Titans release you…

  42. punkyqb says: Mar 31, 2014 5:10 PM

    Maybe he could borrow a few bucks from Cutler.LOL

  43. bleedrangerblue says: Mar 31, 2014 5:35 PM

    How about kid quick?

  44. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 31, 2014 5:43 PM

    If you’re sitting behind McFadden, you’ll be starting soon enough.

  45. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 31, 2014 7:06 PM

    MJD knew he was on borrowed time when he held out two years ago. He had confirmed in interviews that the cartilage in one of his knees was gone, and it really looked like that holdout was his one last chance for a payday before his on-field performance caught up with his physical decline.

    I doubt very much that he’s unhappy with the contract he got. He’s known for years that this is where he’d be at this season.

    The guy has been a class act the whole way, the holdout was just business, it didn’t come with pouting to the press or snotty tweets. Wish him all the best in Oakland.

  46. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 31, 2014 7:29 PM

    Unfortunately for him he wasted his best years in Jacksonville.

  47. Klover Jane says: Mar 31, 2014 7:54 PM

    I like how you pinheads pump out weak little zingers without a shred of pride. MJD is a good running back. He had foot surgery. Quit making it an issue. And maybe quit drinking yourselves to death and posting drunken rhetoric you moonbats.

  48. nite2al says: Mar 31, 2014 7:57 PM

    Sad, the devaluation of the running back…

  49. rmavs says: Mar 31, 2014 7:59 PM

    I’m stoked to see how Toby does without the shadow of Peterson cloaking him. Good luck, Toby!

  50. etyaps says: Mar 31, 2014 11:33 PM

    a pro-bowl qb in Shaub n a pro-bowl rb in mjd. The raiders are gonna be a force to be reckoned with, said the year 2011

  51. ibmeubu29 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:19 AM

    Good deal for the raiders.

  52. silvernblack811 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:52 PM

    MJD’s contract in Jax was a front loaded contract which shows the player they believe in him and want to kept him. Your rarely see front end contracts. All he should be is grateful they showed that much love toward him. As far as his free agency I’d have thought he’d get at least 4 mill a year myself. He probably could have went to the Pats,steelers, Denver,falcons, or a few other teams that need a good RB. I’m glad he’s a Raider though. I think with him starting and McFadden as a change up back we can be dangerous for sure.

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