Maurice Jones-Drew draws 3-year contract from the Raiders
Expect the move to be popular in Raider Nation. Jones-Drew attended the legendary De La Salle high school, located about 20 miles outside of downtown Oakland.
So it's sort of a homecoming that Maurice Jones-Drew has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Financial terms were not announced, but Albert Breer at the NFL Network reports that Jones-Drew's deal is for three years.
Jones-Drew is only two years past the days when he was the top pick in every league's fantasy draft. He led the NFL with 1,606 yards rushing in 2011. This past season, MJD rushed for precisely half that many yards. He turned 29 years old this past Sunday.
"People tend to look at running backs and say, ‘Oh, you’re 29, you don’t have anything left'," Jones-Drew told the Oakland Tribune. "I feel like I have a ton left in the tank and I get an opportunity to show that here in Oakland."
Jones-Drew is not promised the starting running back position. He'll complete with Darren McFadden, who has never made it through a season healthy in his six years in the NFL.