Maurice Jones-Drew Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations
Maurice Jones-Drew seems to have no plans in ending his holdout, and the Jaguars are surprisingly unconcerned.
Now, Jones-Drew has taken it to a new level by now opening himself up to a possible trade.
MJD will definitely be a hot commodity, as many teams head into the NFL season with questions at the running back position.
Here are five teams that could use last year's rushing title holder's services.
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The Lions were a force to be reckoned with through the air last season, but finished 29th in rushing last season, with Mikel Leshore missing the whole season due to injury, Jahvid Best missing a lot of time with concussion issues, and Kevin Smith being injured on and off.
With Matthew Stafford throwing for 5,000 yards last season, and looking to do more with weapons like Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, and Brandon Pettigrew, just imagine how much deadlier this offense would be with a running back like Jones-Drew in the backfield.
The main problem is that the Lions really have very little to trade away for a guy like Jones-Drew. Cliff Avril could be someone they deal, but he is vital to the Lions defense. With them already missing Louis Delmas, the Lions can't afford to lose another key defender.
The Lions will become immediate Super Bowl contenders if they can somehow reel MJD, but the cost may end up being too much.
Green Bay Packers
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Sure, they just signed Cedric Benson recently, but if you think the Lions offense would look good with Jones-Drew, just imagine how the Packers offense would look.
Like the Lions, the Packers are primarily a passing team, but with the addition of MJD, their offense will be nearly unstoppable through both the air and ground, adding another weapon to an offense that already features Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley.
I'm not really sure what Green Bay could give up to get Jones-Drew, but as long as it's not one of the four guys mentioned above, or Clay Matthews, it will be well worth the cost.
New York Jets
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The Jets are probably the most realistic suitors for Jones-Drew.
With LaDainian Tomlinson retiring, and with the jury still being out on current starter Shonn Greene, the Jets really could use help at running back. Adding an explosive back like Jones-Drew certainly could boost the Jets' abysmal offense.
Media darling Tim Tebow could be moved to Jacksonville along with Greene and a first-round pick if the Jaguars decide that Gabbert isn't a good fit at quarterback anymore.
New England Patriots
After losing BenJarvus Green-Ellis to free agency, the Patriots likely will go with Shane Vereen as the starting running back, although Stevan Ridley is still in the mix.
Jones-Drew is much better than anything New England currently has at running back, so him joining Tom Brady and the Patriots could definitely happen.
Danny Woodhead, Aaron Hernandez, a cornerback and a first-round pick could, or some combination of that, could be offered, since the Patriots already have plenty of depth at both running back and tight end.
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The Redskins current running backs are Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and Alfred Morris, all of whom are basically no-names.
I'm sure Redskins fans would much rather prefer MJD as the starting running back over any of those four, none of whom got more than two touchdown runs.
Having traded their next two first-round draft picks, I'm not sure what the Redskins really could offer the Jaguars other than defensive players, which they more than likely will not trade. However, knowing Dan Snyder, they could end up trading the Jaguars all of their draft picks for the next three or four drafts just to land the small speedster.