Maurice Jones-Drew has made it clear that he would love to return to Jacksonville and finish out his career with the team who drafted him in the second round of the 2006 draft.
However, GM David Caldwell has also made it clear that he intends on letting the California native and three time pro bowler hit the market, claiming that Jones-Drew has ‘earned that right’. C’mon Dave, really?
This year’s class of free agent running backs is by far, more talented overall than last year’s class, where Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, sat atop the list. Despite being the number one target, Jackson only commanded a contract similar to what the top-10 rookies in the draft make, signing a three year deal for $12 million with only four guaranteed.
Speaking of top-10, take a look at cover32’s list of top-10 free agent running backs to see where ‘pocket hercules’ ranks in this year’s class.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out come March 11, one thing is for sure, whatever Dave Caldwell’s vision for the running back position is, he’s being sure to keep coy about it.
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