Maurice Jones-Drew Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Jaguars RB
It's bad enough that the Jacksonville Jaguars remain winless heading into Week 8. Now comes news of the Jags' biggest star, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, as the subject of trade rumors.
A league source that spoke to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com indicated Jacksonville general manager David Caldwell would trade Jones-Drew “at the right price.”
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports Maurice Jones-Drew is not guaranteed to remain with the Jaguars through the trade deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 29:
It’s widely knows the Jaguars are very open to moving Maurice Jones-Drew, according to league sources, but his high salary and paltry production has resulted in scant interest for an aging back, even one with his pedigree.
David Caldwell has dismissed speculation that he would trade Jones-Drew before, but with Jones-Drew being a free agent this coming offseason and diminished hope of success in 2013, the GM may reconsider.
The Jaguars will be hard-pressed to convince Jones-Drew to stay with the franchise beyond this season. A horrendous quarterback situation with apparent first-round bust Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne has plagued the organization and hampered Jones-Drew's production.
Jones-Drew has been to the playoffs just once since being drafted in the second round by the Jags in 2006, and this year he's averaging a career-low 2.8 yards per carry with just one rushing touchdown.
Finding a willing trading partner may be tough for Caldwell if he is seeking too much compensation in return for his three-time All-Pro running back.
A base salary of $4.95 million, per Spotrac.com, makes Jones-Drew less marketable, as does his steep drop-off in production and that he turns 29 in March.
However, some teams on the fringe of playoff contention needing a boost in the backfield would have to at least consider a prospective deal.
Considering the dire state of the passing game complementing him in Jacksonville, it's difficult to gauge just how much Jones-Drew has left in the tank.
In any event, a trade would be a positive for both sides. It would arm a rebuilding franchise with some sort of asset while freeing up Jones-Drew to play for a better team after long-standing loyalty to the Jaguars.
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