The Jacksonville Jaguars may have a running back wearing the number 32 on his jersey next season, but it’s highly unlikely that it will be Maurice Jones-Drew.
Toby Gehart, former #Vikings RB, is joining the Jaguars, per source. Lot of late-night action
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2014
Gerhart, 26, rushed for 1,305 yards and five touchdowns in his four seasons in Minnesota as Adrian Peterson’s back-up. In 2013, the 2009 Heisman runner-up averaged 7.4 yards per carry–production the Jaguars could use on offense.
NFL Network’s fantasy guru, Michael Fabiano, was a little more brunt about the situation with Jones-Drew and the role that Toby Gerhart will likely have in the Jaguars’ offense.
Based on the money, you have to guess that Gerhart is going to start for the Jags with Jordan Todman behind him. MJD era looks to be over.
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) March 12, 2014
Gerhart’s contract is for three years and worth up to $10.5 million with $4.5 million in guaranteed money. He should have an opportunity to play significantly more with the Jaguars than he did in Minnesota, especially with the release of Justin Forsett Tuesday morning.
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