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Report: Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew Is In “Good Physical Condition”


Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is reportedly back at the Pittsburgh Steelers facility for another round of talks on Thursday and by the end of the day, we should know whether or not he’s been signed.

The UCLA product has had his share of injuries over the course of the last few years, but according to Ed Werder of ESPN, Jones-Drew is now “in good physical condition” and is being “deliberate” in his approach to free agency.

The Steelers could certainly use an experienced running back to back up and spell starter Le’Veon Bell, and based on what Jones-Drew has shown he can do in the past, he would figure to be a fit. If he can stay healthy.

The Steelers enter Thursday with just over $2 million in available cap space to spend, but if that’s not enough, they do have other options, as nearly $4 million can be freed up by restructuring the contract of linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

It is unknown what Jones-Drew is looking for when it comes to money, but the Steelers could give him a fair signing bonus and a second-year roster bonus in order to entice him to sign. In other words, he might have the opportunity to earn more than $5 million over the course of the next two seasons if he can stay healthy and perform well in 2014. Being that he’s about to turn 29-years-old in just a few days, that might be an offer that he seriously needs to consider.

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  • steeltown

    This signing, if it occurs, would put to rest a lot of the concern I have about losing some of the offensive role players we have in recent weeks. We could then shift our efforts back to Defense, with an eye toward drafting WR

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Well, apparently he left with no contract. Maybe he wanted too much money, or maybe he wanted playing time guarantees, or maybe both. It’s too bad, because I do think he’d be a great fit. And, and as irrational as it was, I was beginning to get excited about a Bell-MJD combo. Alas.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    He is still there today, according to several reports

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Unless they just need to restructure Timmons first.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    So maybe this means he passed his physical?

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Doesn’t bother me one bit. You don’t need to overspend for what someone “used” to be.

  • shawn

    Really ?? this guy has about had it … why would u want to pick up a guy that has maybe 1-2 yrs left ?? he’s definitely on his way down … wouldnt u much prefer a guy thats arrow is pointing up like Starks or we just could have kept Dwyer … we need to pick guys up that are not nearing 30 but young and fit the system for the long haul … otherwise we are just transitioning and going nowhere !

  • shawn

    Exactly !

  • dkoy85

    Ian Rappaport just tweeted Panthers and Cotchery close to deal

  • Virdin Barzey

    Hope we sign him today.

  • dkoy85

    Starks resigned with the packers- who else is left? All we need is 1-2 years out of him. This is a move that needs to be made.

  • steeltown

    Maybe we only need him for one or two yrs, as you have anointed his career lasting

  • Matt Manzo

    Bummer! But I think he knew we were targeting a WR and he saw his snap count dwindling. It’s good for the rookie WRs snaps but bad cuz we all loved Cotch.

  • Matt Manzo

    Just read a report saying he left town unsigned!?

  • dkoy85

    Good way of looking at it.

  • alex

    man this is just the slowest 2nd week of FA…then there is this with MJD, teaser or soon to be reality?

  • shawn

    that sux … I’m out of the loop for a while, he would have been a good pickup .. i like jones-drew but its not a long term fix … and between a temp fix or longer term prefer the longer

  • shawn

    wouldnt u prefer a longer term solution with someones arrow pointing up rather than down … isn’t that the whole reason we are turning our roster over in the first place ?

  • Will Hammer

    People please- no bridge .It’s not the end of the world .This guy is hurt most of the time and we need to get young .. Draft a fast back to compliment Bell . I can think of a few right now .. Backs are a dime a doz.. don’t panic …

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He has been used and abused for years and his body is breaking down. If we used him in a back up that is fine but will he take back up money. Former super stars ego’s are tough signs for small wages.

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