With the star running back in the final year of a $31 million deal, Jacksonville Jaguars general manger Dave Caldwell said Maurice Jones-Drew will not be traded and his contract will be “assessed after the season.”
The 28-year-old Jones-Drew, a three-time All-Pro who won the 2011 NFL rushing crown and established the Jaguars’ record for amassing the most yards on the ground in a season with 1,606, is recovering from a surgically repaired foot.
Hence, the 5-foot-7, 208 pound former Bruin, who will earn $4.95 million in 2013, can expect to be overworked by new head coach Gus Bradley without a complaint from Caldwell.
Lacking any leverage, Jones-Drew, who dons the number 32 as a reminder of getting snubbed by all 32 NFL franchises after bolting from Tinseltown as a junior, could focus, dominate this autumn, and seek greener pastures as a free agent next spring.
However, rather than creating an unhealthy environment and for the betterment of the organization, the Jaguars should shop Jones-Drew now.
Taking into account Jacksonville’s 2-14 record in the AFC South and primarily atrocious 53-man roster, Caldwell is a jackass not to explore the market for Jones-Drew.
At a minimum, the Jaguars are two campaigns away from competing and in 2015 Jones-Drew will be a geriatric by NFL standards.
Instead of watching Maurice Jones-Drew flee from “The Bold New City of the South” in 2014, Dave Caldwell would be wise to assemble talent for the elite backfield presence within the coming months.