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Maurice Jones-Drew | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 210
College: UCLA
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Maurice Jones-Drew's three-year contract with Oakland has a base value of $7.5 million with $1.2 million guaranteed.
The only guaranteed portion is Jones-Drew's 2014 base salary of $1.2 million. There was no signing bonus, and MJD could be released next offseason with no ramification on the Raiders' cap. It's telling that Jones-Drew couldn't do better than this on the market. Oakland now has him "locked up" through age 31. Mar 31 - 1:53 PM

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Maurice Jones-Drew said he picked the Raiders because they offered him an opportunity to "compete and play."

Darren McFadden may have the upper hand as the incumbent, but Jones-Drew has a real shot to open the season as the starter. With both Jones-Drew and McFadden's injury histories, is it also not out of the question that Latavius Murray gets a starting opportunity at some point in 2014. The Oakland backfield is shaping up to be a fantasy quagmire.
Mar 29 - 10:17 AM

Raiders signed RB Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year contract.

Oakland will pair MJD with Darren McFadden in an apparent attempt to reincarnate the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl backfield. Jones-Drew, 29, rushed 234 times for 803 yards and five touchdowns in Jacksonville last season, adding 43 receptions. Our tape study of MJD revealed that he remains an effective between-the-tackles grinder and bowling ball, but has lost his second gear in the open field and is no longer a big-play threat. We're going to project Jones-Drew as the Raiders' Week 1 starter, but wouldn't count on him getting more than 15 touches per game. Oakland's backfield projects as a fantasy quagmire for 2014.
Mar 28 - 3:04 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are "expected to agree later today" on a three-year contract with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Schefter cautions that a deal is "still not final," but this story has since been confirmed by CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair and NFL Network's Albert Breer. Although it'll be a "three-year" contract on the surface, the Raiders have been structuring deals to essentially make them one-year commitments. Jones-Drew turned 29 last weekend, and may not have three years left in the tank.
Mar 28 - 10:17 AM

CSN Bay Area reports the Raiders are "very close" to a deal with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Per reporter Scott Bair, "all signs" are pointing toward a deal. That was the expectation after MJD arrived in Oakland Thursday afternoon. If you ignore the fact that a 29-year-old running back is one of the last things a rebuilding team needs, MJD fills the Raiders' need for a competent bookend to fragile No. 1 Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew is on the downslope, but didn't embarrass himself in 2013. He did, however, average a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry.
Mar 27 - 10:26 PM

Free agent Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Raiders.

According to FOX Sports, the sides are "hoping to close a deal quickly." To date, MJD has only visited the Steelers, but the New York Daily News reported earlier this week that the Jets are "in the hunt." Jones-Drew would provide a declining bookend to a fragile Darren McFadden in Oakland. The rebuilding Jags let the veteran runner walk, but the rebuilding Raiders can't stop adding players who are past their prime.
Mar 27 - 4:30 PM

The New York Post reports free agent Maurice Jones-Drew could wait until late in the summer or even into the season to sign if teams are unwilling to meet his asking price.

Jones-Drew is said to be seeking $3-3.5 million per season on a new deal. That's the top of the market for running backs in 2014 free agency, and we don't see a 29-year-old with 1,804 career carries finding it. The Jets are expected to show interest in MJD this week, while the Steelers are also still in on "Mojo."
Mar 25 - 10:33 AM

CSN New England reports the Patriots have not contacted free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

A Monday report claimed the Dolphins, Pats, Steelers, and Jets were "in the hunt" for MJD. Two reports since have shot down Miami and New England's alleged interest. We expect Jones-Drew to either land with the Steelers or Jets at this point. Monday's report may have been agent-driven, attempting to forge a larger market for Jones-Drew than he really has. He's a late-career running back.
Mar 25 - 7:07 AM

The Miami Herald hints the Dolphins are not interested in free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins have yet to talk to MJD about a visit or his desire to play in Miami, let alone discuss a contract. The New York Daily News mentioned the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, and Steelers as teams that plan to visit with Jones-Drew this week at the NFL Owners Meetings. MJD is going to be a complementary piece wherever he lands.
Mar 24 - 7:20 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and Steelers are "in the hunt" for free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Daily News contends the Jets' interest is "serious," while Jones-Drew visited the Steelers last week, leaving without a contract. The Patriots and Dolphins' interest had only been speculated about to this point. Jones-Drew's best shot at fantasy value in 2014 would be with Miami. He would be a complementary back in New York and New England, and Le'Veon Bell's backup in Pittsburgh.
Mar 24 - 3:52 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports free agent Maurice Jones-Drew is seeking $3.5 million per season.

In a year where only a select few backs are getting $3.5 million guaranteed, it's not going to happen for a player who turns 29 on Sunday. MJD appears to have enough left in the tank for 2014, but the money simply isn't there for running backs right now. Wherever Jones-Drew ends up, it should be as part of a committee.
Mar 20 - 7:22 PM

Free agent Maurice Jones-Drew's visit with the Steelers ended without a contract.

It doesn't mean the door is closed on Jones-Drew as Le'Veon Bell's backup, but it's certainly a step in the wrong direction. Jones-Drew's camp insists the veteran is drawing plenty of interest, possibly from the Jets. He's going to take his time and search for the right fit because at age 28 with tons of mileage and a declining skill set, his NFL window isn't too wide. Expect more visits shortly.
Mar 20 - 11:54 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports free agent Maurice Jones-Drew will visit with the Steelers again on Thursday.

Breer speculates Jones-Drew "could have a home" in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have a gaping hole behind Le'Veon Bell, where Alvester Alexander is currently listed as the backup. Jones-Drew looked completely out of gas last season as he averaged 3.43 yards per carry, but he'll turn just 28 years old later this month. A role as Bell's change-of-pace would fit nicely.
Mar 19 - 9:21 PM

Free agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Steelers Wednesday.

The Steelers have a gaping hole behind Le'Veon Bell, where Alvester Alexander is currently listed as the backup. Jones-Drew looked completely out of gas last season as he averaged 3.43 yards per carry, but he'll turn just 28 years old later this month. A role as Bell's change-of-pace would fit nicely. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Steelers "are not the only interested team." MJD has previously been linked to the Jets.
Mar 19 - 11:12 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are showing "serious interest" in free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew won't be returning to Jacksonville after the Jags gave Toby Gerhart $4.5 million guaranteed. He'd be a nice addition to a Jets backfield without a reliable back. Chris Ivory is injury prone, while Mike Goodson is recovering from a torn ACL. MJD is very much on the downslope, however. He's not going to get as much money as Gerhart.
Mar 11 - 9:50 PM