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One of the biggest decisions this offseason will come down to whether or not the Jaguars front office decides to go out and re-sign star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Since arriving in Jacksonville in 2006, Jones-Drew has been one of the most productive and exciting players this organization has ever seen. Amassing 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns in his career, Jones-Drew has served as the one constant in an ever-changing landscape of personnel.
Despite all of his decorated past, at it's core, the NFL is still a business. And because of that business-like mentality, now is the perfect time to cut ties with the 28-year-old tailback.
But how could the Jags do that to Jones-Drew? For starters, giving a running back with 1,804 carries to his name a big contract isn't a decision that's in the best interest of the team.
Aside from his immense workload over the years, Jones-Drew's style of running has always been cause for concern. Despite his fantastic vision, he is the type of runner who has taken a lot of punishment over the course of his career. Now heading toward the dreaded age of 30, there has to be concerns about his durability moving forward.
If there were any way to work out a short-term, incentive-laden deal, then this would be a different conversation. But as Mark Long of The Associated Press tweeted, Jones-Drew is looking for a long-term agreement.
The best decision the front office can make for the future is to thank Jones-Drew for his services and part ways.