Teams That Could Trade for Maurice Jones-Drew
Rashad Jennings proved he could carry the load Friday night in the team's first preseason game against the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Note to MJD: There is someone here to carry the load. You can take your selfishness somewhere else.
Jennings is a bigger, faster back than Jones-Drew, who led the NFL with 1,606 yards rushing last season, but has two years remaining on his current contract and wants a new deal so he is paid like one of the top five running backs in the NFL.
So much for team loyalty with the consummate "me" player on a team with few stars to give the Jaguars a national appeal.
But what if the Jaguars call his bluff and actually trade the disgruntled and selfish player?
Here are a few teams that may be interested in his services.
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The first team on the list makes the most sense.
San Diego lost Ryan Mathews to a collarbone break in the first preseason game of the season and MJD is a west-coast guy.
Jones-Drew played at UCLA and has spoken before about playing in California if a team in Los Angeles was formed through expansion.
In Norv Turner's offense, the team passes first and runs second. But having the bowling ball runner punish linemen could change things and get the Chargers not only to the playoffs, but finally to the Super Bowl.
New England Patriots
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Do we really think Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley are really going to carry the load for the Patriots this year?
New England does not count on the running game as much as it could and open up even more passing lanes for Tom Brady and his cast of receivers.
What a scary thought.
Jones-Drew could be the best running back the team has had since Corey Dillon.
Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
Give me Cliff Avril and a first round pick, and I would surely make this deal.
This would benefit both teams.
Avril would come home to Jacksonville and give the Jaguars another pass rusher. Can you imagine Avril, Jeremy Mincey and rookie Andre Branch?
That's pretty good quality.
And both teams would get better.
Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
This would be an interesting selection. Does Mike Wallace get moved? Maybe a first-round pick?
Just because they do not play in the same division anymore, don't think the two teams are not rivals.
There is history there and while the Jaguars used to be molded to play like an older Pittsburgh Steelers team, now the offenses for both teams have opened up.
Ike Redmon (who?) is the lead back for now in this offense while Rashard Mendenhall recovers from injury.
Getting MJD is a Christmas present early.
And if the Jags could get Mike Wallace, then the receiving corps with Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon is pretty darn good.
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
I throw them in this mix because Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder seems to be involved in everything.
But seriously, could you see Jones-Drew in Washington D.C. with Robert Griffin III and the new cast of receivers?
Could make for some interesting work playing in the NFC East with all the hardcore football that goes on there.
But couldn't you also see the same situation up there if Jones-Drew is carrying the load because the rookie quarterback cannot lead the team down the field?
It could lead to another holdout.