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Report: Jaguars Free Agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew Visiting With Steelers


After being jilted by Green Bay Packers free agent running back James Starks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now scheduled a visit with another free agent running back.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jacksonville Jaguars free-agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Steelers today, per a source of his.

Jones-Drew averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry last season as he was hampered by a hamstring injury.

Jones-Drew has a lot of mileage on him and thus has received a cold shoulder early on in free agency. In his eight years in the league, the UCLA product has 1,804 carries for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns. He has also registered 335 career catches for another 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking for a running back with experience to back up Le’Veon Bell. In addition, the Steelers have just over $2 million in cap space avalabe, so Jones can’t expect a big offer.

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  • RW

    … meh. Give me Moreno over Drew. I’m sure the going rate is similar enough.

  • cencalsteeler

    This makes sense. A nice combo of Bell and MJD would be REAL nice.

  • Superdriller316

    If he’s willing to take the 3rd down roll, I think that’s an upgrade over Dwyer.

  • steeltown

    Wow!…. injury problems or not this guy is experienced and very capable, good receiver too

  • AzheDraven

    I’d take Moreno Over Mjd but if they land Mjd I wouldn’t be mad. Unless it’s a big contract.

  • cencalsteeler

    We’re cap strapped and Moreno would cost too much. Plus, I’d prefer two backs with offsetting styles. Morenos style is too similar to Bells, IMO.

  • steeltown

    Moreno’s younger and coming off a career year, he’ll cost alot more

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • Derick L Young

    This kinda reminds me of Duece Staley but should be A LOT cheaper.

  • Derick L Young

    Andre Brown anyone? I love the kid.

  • RW

    I’m not so sure about that. More, yes. But the RB market is over saturated as it is – there just isn’t enough demand to match the number of talented backs in the pool to justify too large a disparity between the cost of MJD and Moreno. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think the Steelers might think about waiting it out before they seriously consider signing a FA RB.

  • cencalsteeler

    MJD should move the chains for us on those 3 and shorts. Something we’ve struggled with in the past. Not to take anything away from Dwyer, but this would be an upgrade for sure and I hope the Steelers make this happen.

  • Biggie

    If down for a decent price, he’d be good depth chart guy behind Bell.

  • steeltown

    No doubt

  • Superdriller316

    Knock on wood that nothing happens to Bell, but if something did, MJD can haul the mail.

  • Madi

    Love him for the right price. He’s a good candidate to have a rebound year, like Woodley. Also less chance he gets banged up again if he’s a backup.

  • cencalsteeler

    I like what you did there!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    He’s only a couple of years removed from being a phenom. Look at his small injuries and his team. He can still play, no doubt. If they can get him on the cheap, he is an excellent signing.

  • steeltown

    I would think he’s looking for a change in scenery, somewhere with a good Football culture and somewhere historically successful

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Hard to believe he is only 28. (For those talking about younger with Moreno, he is only 2 years younger in age, but granted much younger in football mileage).

    I am rather surprised by this, but I would love to have him if he is available and wiling to come for the right price. This is the kind of guy you can find a role for in an offense. If this happens, the last 2 RB spots need to be filled with a scat type back (Stevens-Howling) and then a bruiser, IMO. Cotchery and MJD would be a good day’s work.

  • cencalsteeler

    I think Brown has a case of not being able to hold onto the rock. Not sure Tomlin wants a crowded doghouse this year. MJD has a pretty solid history of holding onto the ball and could be the Steelers version of Ray Rice. I personally would love the fit.

  • cencalsteeler

    Plus, his style fits the Steelers’ mold. We better grab him before the Jets do!

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Moreno put on a career year, and is only 26. May not be happy backing up bell. And you don’t need to pay a lot for a backup running back.

  • mlc43

    I’m surprised by this to be honest. I wouldn’t mind having him at all but I’m kinda skeptical it will happen. Has to be at the right price.

  • Jollyrob68

    I was hoping he would come in for a visit. He’s a good veteran pick up who can catch out of the backfield.

  • steeltown

    It seems unlikely, but at this point in his career im sure he wants to go somewhere with a chance to atleast make it to the playoffs.. and he has to know the market is low for RBs

  • mlc43

    I’d rather hear we signed Carrington

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Dwyer is a fierce blocker, but a terrible receiver.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    He left two cities without a deal, may need to drop his price.

  • steeltown

    I have a feeling Cleveland will over pay

  • mlc43

    They have to save their money for the 4 Franchise QBs they are going to sign.

  • Deuce22

    Well what i mentioned in an earlier post about free agency might actually come to fruition…(pats self on back)

  • Doug Sawyer

    this would be a sweet addition …as a back up he could come in as a change of pace guy with the potential to start a game or two if needed

  • Ben Saluri

    Moreno was a considered a bust before playing behind Pey Pey. MJD’s numbers were down due in part to no QB play, he would be the better fit on most fronts inculding $$.

  • afrazier9

    how could you guys not like this he is a beast and will definently help the running game a ton

  • Jason Vancil

    I’m doubtful that Jones-Drew would take a secondary role. He likely still wants to be “the guy”.

  • mlc43

    Anyone seen any projections about what round they have Donte Moncrief getting drafted? I’m reading he’s a round 2/3 guy. I’d be shocked if he isn’t drafted no later than the top half of the 2nd. No way do I see him making rd 3.

  • Steelers12328882

    I’m totally confused. We’re 2.whatever mil under the salary cap, but we have eyes for a DE(Carrington/Keisel), an OLB(Harrison/guy GB resigned), WR(Cotchery, Moore) and a RB(MJD,Moreno, etc…). How do we afford all of them? We can’t expect to fill these positions with a rookie.

  • mlc43

    Restructures and new contracts!! Oh my

  • Superdriller316

    Staley was washed up before we got him. MJD is still productive and a handful to take down.

  • Curtis

    Zone running scheme back durable and plays with heart. He could also help Bell on the field and between the ears. Think would be a good fit.

  • Superdriller316

    And 8 million on June 2nd

  • PA2AK

    How’s MJD in pass protection?

  • PA2AK

    Steelers would sure look silly if they were only talking to 1 or 2 of them with all the holes they’d prefer to fill. All of those positions are depth (aside from DE..this is hopefully their #1 priority) and really aren’t going to be our Achilles heal if we don’t figure it out prior to the draft or 8mil in june.

  • PA2AK

    is he a potential candidate for an incentives based contract?

  • SteelersDepot
  • Caesar

    Studly.

  • Steelers12328882

    I thought that was for the rookies.

  • patrick Mayfield

    +1 maybe best pick as a mentor of the FA traffic so far. Not to be underestimated.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah I get that, but I think we need at least one player at each of these positions, so it seems like fitting them all in under the cap would involve some wizardry.

  • Superdriller316

    It’s not going to cost 8 million to sign the rookies

  • Steelers12328882

    ok, yeah I have no idea. Just thought I read that before.

  • Superdriller316

    32 isn’t available here.

  • PA2AK

    i assumed he’s good there…they’d just rather hand it off to him because you can’t really call it passing for what they did there with QB’s, lol

  • PA2AK

    they are depth positions too, so some will likely be rookies. others may be signed in the summer. Wizardry if they want to have all those positions filled this week.

  • PA2AK

    have to think that is priority #1. I don’t have a problem with a guy weighing his options. I’d actually prefer it…its a big decision.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    830 yds in ten games, yeah he was butt when we got him.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Sanchez, Schaub, Fitzpatrick, all get 4 years 40 million. Haslem-Well, we are going to go with a three qb system.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    OMG, anything to stop the Steelers from throwing 30 incomplete Wheel routes to Bell. I get that he’s matched up solo on a LB, but the LB has a 5 yard head start and inside position…BB is not the best touch passer. Call that play, I don’t know, like 25 times less this year.

  • PA2AK

    i kind of agree with you. the problem with Staley is the contract they gave him in conjunction with the injuries that happened…allowing him to don that sweet sweat suit for what seemed like a decade.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    All else being equal, I like MJD > Brown > Moreno

  • Jeffrey Mayhle

    If he still wants to be the guy why would he even show up for a visit knowing they have Bell as there rb.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    NOOOO. how many more times do the Steelers need to try a scat back that can’t block, can’t move the chains, and gets so wide open on third and 10 that we pick up 6 yards all the time. Did I say NOOOO. Give me a talented football player (like a Mewelde Moore) AND if the D breaks down or the talented player makes a player miss >>> first down! I’ll take a football player ahead of a one highlight reel play per season player all day.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Steelers have gaping holes at DE, RB, WR and LB. MJD absolutely solves one of those problems. Get it done!

    What are the best bets on what Cotchery, Moore, Rice, Austin, MJD, Brown, and Moreno might cost?

  • Superdriller316

    The year before that 16 games 463 yds.

  • srdan

    agreed. Very interchangeable.

  • srdan

    i think at this point they are just kicking the tires. MJD will be around in a month.

  • Callentown

    I like it. Hope they can get it done. Wondering though if signing a RB or WR would prevent us from signing a DL?

  • James Kling

    “Could be the Steelers version of Ray Rice.”
    Minus dragging women he’s knocked out cold out of elevators…

  • Johnny Loose

    great guy to change the pace at running back. I’d be stoked if we ended up w/ him. I don’t think resigning Felix Jones or Stephens-Howling (assuming he recovers) would be a bad idea. I think either would be serviceable

  • Steelers12328882

    Maybe, maybe you could say the backup OLB will be depth, but I doubt it. The rest of those positions will see significant playing time, as you said DE, but also the WRs and RBs, and I don’t think we want rookies at any of them, since we already have some young players there(Wheaton, Bell, Jones, Arnfelt). We need vets. Some of them like Keisel and Harrison we can wait on, but it’s now or never with guys like Cotchery and Carrington.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Like bringing Harrison back, this is a no-brainer if the numbers are right.

    Hope they keep saying, ‘No’ to Knowshon since we don’t need that type of back. Plus he thinks he’s a starter. What we need is a saavy vet who can pick up the tough yards to move the chains when Bell is out.

    Not like Bell can’t do it but this would be a very good pick up to give him relief. Not sure they can get Drew.

  • PA2AK

    yeah, Carrington is #1 to me right now. I hope that works out. looks like we have to sit and wait for both of these guys to decide. I have to think Steelers are looking at a very similar priority set as yours…but if those two guys fall through…they still need to lock up something.

  • Craig Ressler

    This is MJD’s last pay day and it isn’t going to be a big one, so he is going to sign with the team that will give him the most money, and that won’t be the Steelers.

  • Derick L Young

    washed up lol

  • Derick L Young

    have you watched him play? a lot of RB’s fumble. See Dwyer.

  • Derick L Young

    lol MJD has fumbled it 15 times through out his career!

  • Jason Vancil

    Players rarely turn down visits. It boosts the impression that other teams want them. I hope I am wrong and they are able to sign MJD.

  • Derick L Young

    plus, they have interest in Starks one day then look at MJD? completely different backs.

  • cencalsteeler

    Actually, he’s lost the rock 10 times over 1804 rushing attempts. That’s one lost fumble for every 180 carries.
    Brown has a total of 214 rushing attempts for an average of fumbling every 71 attempts (note: all three fumbles occurred in this most recent season). MJD is shy of having a 3x better success rate than Brown.
    And yes, I have watched Brown play. 2013 he was benched by Coughlin for his lack of ball control. That is why the Giants were scrambling to try and replace Brown, hence the signing of Peyton Hillis. I like his running style and had hope for him with the Gmen, but like Tomlin, Coughlin apparently has his doghouse, too.

  • steelersfan

    Pocket Hercules! Yes please.
    … I have a feeling this isn’t going to happen though.

  • Derick L Young

    He has fumbled the “rock” 15 times. I was just informing the readers that this was incorrect ” MJD has a pretty solid history of holding onto the ball…” I never said one was better than the other on who held on to the ball better. Brown was coming back from a broken leg in 2013. I think you are confusing him with David Wilson.

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    I think a lot of ppl on here have forgotten how dynamic MJD can be when healthy. Him and Bell could be the best Rb duo In the league easily.

  • cencalsteeler

    Sorry Derick, MJD has 10 career lost fumbles. No confusion here with David Wilson. In the 8 games Andre Brown played in 2013, he fumbled the ball 3 times.

  • Derick L Young

    Look it up. The man has fumbled 15 times over his career. Whether or not his team recovered it is another story. A fumble is a fumble in regards to the RB. When have I said Brown never fumbled? You keep bringing up his 3 fumbles as if I have disputed the fact. See how you are disputing FACTS… Such as MJD’s 15 fumbles not 10. No RB for the Giants had more carries a game then Brown when he returned from his injury in week 10 I believe. Hillis had only 3 games where he carried the ball more than 6 times. Those are facts. Not my opinion.

  • Derick L Young

    Also, Hillis was on the team when Brown was injured. There was no “scrambling” to replace a guy on IR designate to return. Another thing, his fumbles came in the last 4 weeks of the season. Well after Peyton Hillis was signed. You clearly know your Giants.

  • cencalsteeler

    A man admits his mistakes, and I stand corrected on the Peyton Hillis signing. And, I could have easily mistaken Wilson for Brown. You are right though, I know much more about the Steelers than I do the Giants.

  • cencalsteeler

    He has 22 career fumbles with 10 being turnovers.

  • Derick L Young

    Where are you finding that? I keep finding 15.

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