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New England Patriots: Does It Makes Sense for Pats to Trade for MJD?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes upfield against the Indianapolis Colts January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Pranav TadikondaCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2012

It seems as though any time rumors fly about a high-profile player getting traded, the New England Patriots are almost always considered contenders to land the big fish.

Tim Tebow, Matt Forte and Mike Wallace are just some of the names that have been thrown out there with the Patriots.

Now it appears that the Jacksonville Jaguars' disgruntled superstar running back Maurice Jones-Drew is open to a trade.

MJD is reportedly unhappy with his contract that will pay him $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million next year. The 27-year-old running back rushed for a league-high 1,606 yards. He also recorded 374 receiving yards.

The Jaguars, currently under the control of new owner Shad Khan, don't seem ready to end the standoff between the team and Jones-Drew.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported via Twitter that MJD's holdout is expected to run well into the regular season.


Now the holdout for @jones_drew32 shows no signs of letting up and is fully expected to extend into the regular season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2012


This brings us to whether the Patriots might be able to trade for Jones-Drew.

New England certainly has the assets to pull off a trade—several future draft picks would likely be trade chips that the Pats may use. Another young player might be tossed into the deal, as well.

But if one takes a hard look at the Pats' roster, it might not be such a great idea to acquire MJD.

If New England were to pull of this blockbuster trade the Jags would certainly want an equal return, which might not be sensible considering that the Patriots don't have a huge need for another running back.

The Pats have two talented second-year backs in Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, both of whom have shown great promise since last year and through this year's preseason. In addition, the Pats still have utility-back Danny Woodhead, speedster Jeff Demps and undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden on the roster.

Although one of those players is likely to be cut, the running back position is deep and has good talent.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a penchant for turning no-names into viable players. He doesn't have a great reputation for getting superstars to perform at high levels. As crazy as it might sound, the Patriots might be better off with a running back like Ridley, rather than Jones-Drew.

In a pass-first offense, MJD would still get the lion's share of carries, which might pay off in the long run, but Belichick has had success in utilizing a committee at running back.

While Jones-Drew might end up making the Patriots offense completely unstoppable, a trade also would require the Patriots to give up valuable assets for a player at a position where there isn't a great need.

Trading for him is one thing. Signing him is another. Even if the Pats pull off a trade for arguably the best running back in the league, it would take a huge payday to make him stick in New England. That may not be a risk the Pats want to take.

The Patriots have never been the type of team to bite on a trade or sign a player too early. Don't expect New England to bite here, either.

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