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Raiders sign Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew is returning to his hometown. The former Jaguars stalwart signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, where he'll likely compete with Darren McFadden for the starting running back position. Both Jones-Drew and McFadden have been hampered by injuries as of late -- they combined for only 1182 yards last season -- but if both are healthy, the Raiders could have the type of problem at running back that every team loves to have.

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Maurice Jones-Drew has been, for much of his career, in the unenviable position of being a good player stuck on a bad team. Now, nearing the end of his career, he may have a chance to play for a contender. The Jaguars are going to let him test free agency after perhaps the worst season of his otherwise-impressive career. Running backs have a short shelf life in the NFL, and Jones-Drew has more than 8,000 rushing yards on his odometer, but a team looking for part of a running back committee could help rejuvenate his career.

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AFC South Preview -- 2013

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans cruised to the AFC South title last season, but not everything was rosy; after an 11-1 start, the team lost four of six -- including 41-28 to the New England Patriots in the divisional round. Will Houston build on last season? Or will the Indianapolis Colts take over?

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Will Maurice Jones-Drew be elite again?

Not long ago, Maurice Jones-Drew was a star running back, piling up yards and amassing touchdowns at a fantasy-god level. But last season, a Lisfranc injury in his left foot limited Jones-Drew to six games, 414 yards and a single score. Now Jones-Drew is back, cleared to participate in training camp as he faces a pivotal year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Can the 28-year-old prove to the Jags -- and the NFL -- that he deserves a big new contract? And how much will he help his team, which won just two games last season?

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Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout may have just gotten serious. After comments from Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Jones-Drew is reportedly now open to being traded. A trade would drastically affect the Jaguars' offense, as Jones-Drew's presence on the field doubled the rate at which the Jaguars scored touchdowns, but it'd be better for them to get something for him now than not have him play at all. With the regular season fast approaching, it's clear the Jaguars will have to make a decision soon.


Time to let go?

Jones-Drew has been an iconic member of the Jaguars his entire career, but it looks like he might be wearing different colors when the season starts.

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Does MJD have a point?

Jones-Drew's contract was front-loaded, so the Jaguars would be getting a steal if he ends up playing for them this season.

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Does Maurice Jones Drew ($9.4 million remaining over two years) deserve a larger contract?

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