Maurice Jones-Drew Not As Explosive?

Maurice Jones-Drew has been the face of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise since he signed a contract extension with the team in 2009. Part of the reason why the Jaguars may be so hesitant to pay the running back is because now that Jones-Drew is getting closer to 30 years old, the team is worried that he's losing some explosiveness, according to CBS Sports writer Pete Prisco.

Jones-Drew will be 29 when his current deal expires. He is smart enough to know that backs nearing 30 usually don't get big deals, which is why he wants one now. That's understandable. It's also the reason why the Jaguars won't give him one. Let him play out this deal, and then see what happens. This isn't a back league anymore, and teams are more and more reluctant to pay backs.

Prisco says that despite his hold out from OTAs with two years remaining on his contract, he is getting largely a free pass from fans in Jacksonville because of his status as the face of the franchise. Prisco says that that may not be a bad thing, as it could help pave the way to really helping the establishment of the passing game under quarterback Blaine Gabbert

He is seemingly getting a pass from the fans for not being around Jacksonville, even if the work isn't mandatory. The good thing is that with Jones-Drew gone, the team can start morphing from being so run-heavy to a team that is built around the passing game.

The Jaguars certainly hope that any issues between them and Jones-Drew can be resolved before the start of the season.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.