Newly signed running back Maurice Jones-Drew said his free agent decision led him to the Oakland Raiders because the club will give him “a chance to compete.”
In an interview with Adam Schein of “Schein On Sports” on SiriusXM Sports, Jones-Drew said the ability to fight for playing time was a compelling factor.
“On the field, they’re going to give me a chance to compete,” Jones-Drew said. “A lot of teams had already kinda conceded that I didn’t have anything left and all these different questions they may have had. Oakland’s going to give me a chance. And they gave me a deal that shows that with incentives.”
Jones-Drew took a hefty pay cut in coming to the Raiders. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Jones-Drew will make $2.5 million in each year of his three-year deal, with a $1.2 million roster bonus, which is guaranteed, a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.2 million plus a $100,000 workout bonus in 2014.
In 2015 and 2016, Jones-Drew will get a $2.4 million base salary (non-guaranteed) and the workout bonus each season.
Jones-Drew, if you recall, was unhappy with his deal in Jacksonville, a contract which paid him $4.45 million in 2012 and $4.95 million last year.
By comparison, Toby Gerhart will get $3.5 million a year on his three-year free-agent deal with the Jaguars with $4.5 million of it guaranteed.
Jones-Drew is also very high on the Raiders acquisition of quarterback Matt Schaub, telling Schein that Schaub “definitely” can lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl.