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Word broke loose that San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis thinks Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew may be interested in moving out west.
Per Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino, Davis posted a picture on Instagram, giving him pause for extrapolation:
According to Givemesport, Davis posted a picture of himself with the running back on Instagram with the caption, “Me and Maurice Jones Drew discussing the FUTURE a few nights ago. #San Francisco.’’
Although the 49ers have a good running back in Frank Gore, the 49ers could seem to be a good fit for Jones-Drew because it would be a homecoming.
He’s a native of Antioch, Calif. In the Bay Area and went to college at UCLA so he spent his entire life in California until the Jaguars drafted him in 2006. And he returns frequently to the Bay Area and has many relatives still living there.
Going to San Francisco also would give him a shot at ending his career with a Super Bowl ring. The 49ers have been in the NFC title game three years in a row and lost the Super Bowl a year ago.
The problem with this theory is twofold—age and fit.
You see, the 49ers already have an aging running back on their roster, Frank Gore. He might have another good year or two left in the tank, but it seems that Jones-Drew isn't far behind in the "put to pasture" line.
Jones-Drew might have interest in returning to his native California, but it takes two to tango. It doesn't seem like a good fit for him to come back to a team loaded with running back talent. Beyond Gore, the 49ers have Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore waiting in the wings.
If Jones-Drew makes it back to California, the Oakland Raiders seems a much likelier destination.