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The New York Jets May Be In The Maurice Jones-Drew Sweepstakes

The Jets may be in the market for the former rushing champion, but don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

I've spoken previously about the possibility of adding Maurice Jones-Drew, the former rushing champion from 2011 who is currently a free agency. Unsurprisingly there has been little fanfare about his availability and we haven't even heard many rumors. However that could change soon according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post

While Jones-Drew’s agent is expected to meet with several teams at the NFL owners meetings this week, a league source said the league’s 2011 rushing champion thinks he is worth at least $3 million per year and is willing to wait out the market.

That is more than teams are expected to pay at the moment for a backup running back who is 29 years old with a lot of mileage and is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons.

Jones-Drew missed 10 games in 2012 and averaged just 3.4 yards per carry for Jacksonville last season, a far cry from his league-best 1,606 yards on 343 rushes in 2011.

I think that this is pure speculation as I don't see any reliable sources actually linking the Jets to the player. The Jets may need a 3rd down back, Jones-Drew is just that and he's currently a free agent, so why not link us.

With his disappointing back-to-back seasons and with him having so many carries, I'm not sure I'd offer him $3 million a year. I remember a month ago reading he was looking for $4 mill per year. So maybe it will come down further.