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.