Maurice Jones-Drew has been the staple of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense for many years. He has had to deal with failure around him ever since he entered the league and the Jaguars have had just one winning season with him on the roster.
Jones-Drew is 26, but has already been through six years of mediocrity with Jacksonville, and he may be fed up with it. Many teams would love to have Jones-Drew, and the Jaguars could certainly benefit from trading him. And if a trade like this were to go through, is Cleveland the best option for Jones-Drew?
Let's take a look:
How the Jaguars Could Benefit
As long as the Jaguars are smart, they could unload Jones-Drew and still keep a stud running back in their offense. If they can secure one of Cleveland's two first-round picks, then they could potentially draft Trent Richardson with an early enough pick (which they will almost definitely have) and a stud wide receiver in the first round.
Adding Richardson and a receiver such as Alshon Jeffrey, Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd would do wonders for Jacksonville's offense. They would be able to keep their solid rushing attack, but they would also give Blaine Gabbert a No. 1 receiver, something that he has lacked this year.
Replacing MJD with Richardson would also give the Jags a younger, more fresh, possibly more explosive player to mature in the NFL right alongside Gabbert.
How the Browns Could Benefit
Should MJD be traded to the Browns?
The Browns are reportedly going to let Peyton Hillis walk after this season, but will Ben Ogbonnaya give them the rushing attack they need to compete with the Ravens, Steelers and Bengals? Probably not. Upgrading to Jones-Drew could definitely help the Browns stay competitive in the AFC North.
Colt McCoy definitely needs a No. 1 receiver as much as Gabbert, but even if the Browns trade one first-rounder for Jones-Drew, they will still have one they could use on Floyd, Blackmon or Jeffery.
With Jones-Drew in the backfield, Cleveland would be fielding one of the best runners in the league and they could keep Ogbonnaya to take some of the stress off of Jones-Drew. Adding the latter would definitely help the Browns stay in contention for the AFC North.
By himself, Jones-Drew probably would not be enough for a first-rounder from Cleveland. The Jags would most likely have to throw in a later-round pick as well. However, it could be worth it for what the Jags could potentially add offensively.
A Jones-Drew trade isn't something to be disregarded right away. Jones-Drew may want to move to a team that could potentially find success earlier (the Browns) and the Jags could keep a solid rushing attack with a younger, less worn back in Richardson. The Browns could also build a deadly offense around Jones-Drew. This trade makes sense, and is a win-win-win for MJD, the Jags and the Browns.