Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s representatives are expected to meet with the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers at this week’s league meeting.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that those four teams are all interested in Jones-Drew.
So Jones-Drew has plenty of suitors, but the question then becomes, At what price? Jones-Drew is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons, having missed 10 games in 2012 and then returning in 2013 to rush for a career-low 3.4 yards a carry. At age 29, Jones-Drew’s days of getting paid a lot of money are likely behind him.
Jones-Drew is likely stuck accepting a contract without much guaranteed money, but perhaps with the possibility of making significant incentive bonuses if he returns to something approximating his 2011 form, when he ran for 1,606 yards.
It was only a couple years ago that Jones-Drew was one of the best running backs in the NFL. But if you’re a running back who expects to make a lot of money in the NFL these days, you’ll need to be the best in the league now, not a couple of years ago.