Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs up the middle to set up a field goal at the end of in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Official: Maurice Jones-Drew An Oakland Raider, Signs 3-Year Deal


Oakland native Maurice Jones-Drew came home on Friday, signing a reported three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders announced the signing via Twitter:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported via Twitter that the contract is for three years.

 

The veteran running back was an All-Pro in 2011 with the Jaguars after leading the NFL with 1,606 yards. He is also a three-time Pro Bowler.

Last year with Jacksonville, he recorded his worst yards per carry mark of his career, 3.4, while rushing for 803 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games. However, that came while running behind a Jaguars offensive line that Football Outsiders rated as the second-worst in the NFL in run blocking.

From 2009-11, after taking over as the Jags featured back, Jones-Drew rushed for 4,321 yards and 28 touchdowns and made 130 receptions for another six scores.

MJD missed most of the 2012 season with a foot injury, rushing for 414 yards and a touchdown in just six games.

Jones-Drew adds depth and experience to a Raider backfield that brings back Darren McFadden, but has few proven running backs—other than Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece—behind them.

Latavius Murray missed his entire rookie season because of an ankle injury and Kory Sheets has just one career NFL carry, but was a star in the Canadian Football League the last two years. He was second in the CFL each of the last two seasons, rushing for 1,277 yards in 2012 and 1,598 yards last season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was named a CFL All-Star in 2013 and was the MVP of Saskatchewan’s Grey Cup victory with 197 yards on the ground. The Raiders also have former Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart on the roster, but he had just two carries last season.

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