Jacksonville Jaguars Should Follow Browns' Lead and Trade Maurice Jones-Drew

Sean ODonnellContributor IIISeptember 30, 2013

Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are not contenders—this much is certain. The franchise is now 0-4 in 2013-14 after getting manhandled by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday by a score of 37-3.

There simply have not been many bright spots this year. The defense has plenty of holes and Blaine Gabbert is certainly not the answer at quarterback.

That being said, the Jaguars could realistically be headed for the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft. 

The lack of success has even forced some fans to enter a delusional state, as they continue to lobby for the services of embattled quarterback Tim Tebow.

What does this mean? It's time to rebuild.

Jacksonville could certainly build around some talent currently existing on the team. Players like Cecil Shorts, Paul Posluszny, Justin Blackmon and John Cyprien have bright futures. However, they are not enough—the Jaguars need an injection of youth.

Recently, the Cleveland Browns turned some heads after trading second-year running back and former first-round selection Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick.

The Browns are rebuilding and looking to stockpile draft picks in order to build a new foundation in Cleveland.

The trade made it seem like the Browns were looking to tank the season.

However, the trade—along with a new quarterback under centeractually invigorated the team. The Browns have now won two straight games and are tied atop the AFC North.

The question is, why shouldn't the Jaguars do the same?

Maurice Jones-Drew has served eight productive seasons in Jacksonville, but it could be time for the Jaguars to part ways with their longtime running back.

Jones-Drew is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. The Jaguars clearly do not have the right personnel on the offensive side of the ball for their running back to flourish. 

In 2013-14, Jones-Drew is only producing 2.6 yards per carry. 

His ineffectiveness can be attributed to multiple circumstances—he is coming off of an injury, Gabbert has been hurt, Blackmon has been serving a suspension and ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco reported that tight end Marcedes Lewis was injured on Sunday.

Despite all of the Jaguars' offensive woes, Jones-Drew still holds value as a ball-carrier at the NFL level.

If the Jaguars were to offload Jones-Drew to a team in contention like the 2-2 Arizona Cardinalswho are a running back short of a balanced offenseit would be a huge win.

Not only would the Jaguars gain a much-needed draft pick, but the move could spark the team much like the Richardson trade woke up Cleveland.

The Jaguars may not find themselves in contention at any point this season. However, the possibility of stringing together a few wins would certainly do wonders for team morale going forward.

The present is rather bleak in Jacksonville, but the future could begin to look bright if the right moves are made.