After four years standing in the considerable shadow of Adrian Peterson, running back Toby Gerhart has opted to step out on his own.
He’ll do so by joining the Jaguars, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
A league source tells PFT that Gerhart’s three-year deal has a base value of $10.5 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed.
The move could mean that the Jaguars have exited the Maurice Jones-Drew business. Given that he has eight years of wear and tear, the money paid to Gerhart is likely money that would have been given to Jones-Drew, if he wanted it.
A second-round pick in 2010, Gerhart has 1,305 career rushing yards, with a 4.7 per-carry average.
If, as it appears, Jones-Drew won’t return, Gerhart and Jordan Todman likely will serve as the top tailbacks in Jacksonville.