Report: Steelers One Of Three Teams Expected To Meet With Camp Of Maurice Jones-Drew This Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently met with Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew and they’re not the only ones interested in him.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets and New England Patriots also have interest in Jones-Drew, and all three teams are expected to meet with his camp this week during the league meetings.

According to reports last week, Jones-Drew, a three-time Pro Bowler is looking for $3.5 million per season from whatever team that signs him.

On Sunday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talked about the recent meetings he had with the long time Jaguars running back.

“I felt good about (the meeting with Jones-Drew),” said Tomlin. “We are open to it. I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft. Le’Veon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”

We will see how this plays out, but if Jones-Drew asking price is indeed $3.5 million a season, one would think that might be too rich for the Steelers salary cap blood.

  • Melly

    I’d rather have Blount…or Andre Brown!!

  • steeltown

    No way the NYJ or NE pay him that much either, both of them have atleast 2 quality RBs on roster

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I’d be up for signing him if the price is a little lower

  • steelster

    Why? He wants to be a starter and is looking for starter money. He could be a starter for the jets.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Well he would know by signing with us that he will be second to Le’veon. Which is what i feel is better for him considering his age and with all the mileage on him

  • NW86

    I don’t know if I would say that. He might get more snaps with the Jets, in a rotation with Powell. But no team is going to sign him right now as their apparent starter heading into camp, nor are they going to pay him like one.

  • Mike Hiday

    I guess Felix Jones is out? Not much tread on the tires, but he did well in a limited role last year.

  • Jason

    Don’t waste the time with this guy. Reports are he wants $3.5 per. Way too much!

  • Jason

    I respectfully diagree. I would like a little more out of my #2 back than what Jones provided.

  • Mike H

    Hmm- maybe I just had low expectations based on how all our back-up RBs did?

  • Will Hammer

    Look for him to go to the jets…

  • steelster

    The jets are desperate for offense and will most likely overpay for a rb. They just paid Mike Vick 5 million for one year what a joke.

  • PA2AK

    yeah, they missed that in the article…oh wait.

  • PA2AK

    He’s asking a bit much, regardless of team or position on the depth chart. Wonder how long he will go unsigned. If he doesn’t come down he will probably be unemployed until after the draft.

  • Jason

    LOL. I should have read the whole article. Oh well it only confirms my “sources”

  • grw1960

    I like what MJD could bring to the team, but not a long term deal 1 -2 years, I also like what a young Blount could do as a returner and short yardage hammer, with an occasional break out run.

  • Paul Smego

    Its between jones-drew and blount but i think jones-drew is more realistic come on now this going to be his 3rd meeting with us and what does that tell us both sides are highly interested and i have a feeling jones-drew is going to sign with us because if he wasnt interested he wouldnt of had that 2nd meeting with us and its about to be the 3rd i am crossing my fingures

  • Brian Miller

    I would rather have Archer or McKinnon…someone to actually compliment…or hey, how about we give some of our practice squad guys a chance…I don’t understand paying a lot of money for a backup…we have so many other needs…of course, if he agrees to a minimum or close to that, it would be great, but we all know that won’t happen.