Jacksonville Jaguars: Time for Maurice Jones-Drew to Be Traded

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 27, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's been a great run (literally).

Since coming into the league, Maurice Jones-Drew has evolved into one of the NFL's premier backs and has been the face of an up-and-down Jaguars franchise since he stepped on the field.

While a host of other NFL running backs are breaking down, Jones-Drew has never shown any signs of stopping. Such makes him one of the most reliable players at his position.

With the NFL becoming more and more of a passing league, the importance of a great running game is often overlooked.

Being able to lure defenders into the box allows quarterbacks to complete passes to their wide receivers with ease.

Also, running the ball provides a two-dimensional offensive game plan that allows offensive play-callers to mix up the defense time and again.

In Kansas City, for example, Jamaal Charles' injury made it almost impossible for Matt Cassel to have success. The Chiefs utilized Charles' effectiveness in the passing game by running play action and getting men open down the field.

Simply put, it's important to be able to run the football.

Maurice Jones-Drew, by that logic, is a very valuable player still. He has single-handedly won some games this year for the Jaguars and now, with turmoil arising in Jacksonville, the team needs to cash in on their biggest asset.

Wednesday it was reported that the Jaguars had fired head coach Jack Del Rio, an expected move.

Following that, though, breaking news came in that former Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver sold the team to Pakistani businessman Shahid Khan. Khan says he plans to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville, but you never know.

With the team clearly about to begin a rebuilding phase, it's only logical that the Jags need to trade Maurice Jones-Drew.

Netting extra first-round picks would be key in the reconstruction of this franchise and Jones-Drew is a valuable asset that many teams would love to bring in.

NFL teams are looking for that one last piece to their Super Bowl puzzle and for a host of NFL teams, Jones-Drew is it.

Conceivably, the Jaguars could get younger and cheaper, while a contending team would have no problem bringing in Jones-Drew with two years left on a very reasonable contract that the young running back signed in 2009.

"Pocket Hercules" is one of the best rushers in the NFL and he's wasting away on a terrible team. It would benefit all parties involved if a trade was made here involving Jones-Drew and draft picks or young players.

Look for the Jaguars to explore all of their possible options this offseason with the franchise in turnover.