A year ago today, Maurice Jones-Drew traveled to Charlotte, N.C., for surgery on the broken left foot that ended his 2012 season after only five games. Crash-course conditioning in the summer helped Jones-Drew get ready for this year, and when he starts the Jaguars’ season finale Sunday at Indianapolis, it will be his 15th game. “It’s been a long ride since then, but it was worth it,” he said. Worth it because Jones-Drew feels he has shown the Jaguars and the rest of the NFL he can still be a productive running back. He has carried 221 times for 769 yards (3.5-yard average) and scored five touchdowns. But what will it be worth for Jones-Drew in free agency? Jones-Drew could be playing his last game for the Jaguars, his five-year, $31.1 million contract set to expire. His odometer reads 1,791 carries for 8,032 yards. “I know what I have left, and I feel like it’s a lot,” he said after the Jaguars’ Christmas Eve walk-through. “I’ll just go home, relax and hopefully things will work out for the best.” Jones-Drew will not involve himself in contract talks. “I tried to talk [by holding out in August 2012], and I’m done talking,” he said. Jones-Drew’s public stance is he wants to return, and it is believed the Jaguars would like him back but at a reasonable price and with the understanding he will have an adjusted role. Jones-Drew has played 61 percent of the Jaguars’ snaps, which is tied for 10th among NFL running backs. The easy comparison is the contract Steven Jackson signed with Atlanta last off-season — a three-year, $12 million deal ($4 million
Last game in teal for Maurice Jones-Drew?
Florida Times Union | Dec 26