With Maurice Jones-Drew’s contract situation not going really anywhere, and now a verbal spat between him and new owner Shad Khan separating things even further, Jones-Drew has stated that he is open to a trade. I don’t foresee him pulling anything like Carson Palmer did last year by retiring and basically never playing for the Bengals again, but I find it hard to see how this whole thing is going to be resolved.
One possibility is always a trade, of course, which I think the Jaguars will shy away from until they absolutely have to. Still, that isn’t preventing anyone from rumor-mongering. Incarcerated Bob is well-known among the Twitter-verse as a non-credible source, but he has been right about some pretty big things. Now he is saying that the Denver Broncos are among the first teams to be calling for Maurice Jones-Drew.
I’m not sure the Broncos would be willing to make a deal for MJD. They spent almost all of their cap space this offseason, and they are working to extend left tackle Ryan Clady in the next year as well. He wants to be paid among the highest paid players at his position in the NFL, and with MJD seeking a new contract, paying him big money could be a tough task for the Broncos, who would also have to give up whatever the Jags wanted to get the league’s leading rusher from a year ago.
The fit for MJD in Denver would be pretty interesting, considering he and Peyton Manning were thorns in each other’s sides for years in the AFC South. Putting them on the same team could be a very intriguing prospect, but again, I’m not sure that could happen.
We’ll have to see how this all unfolds now that MJD has stated he’s open to trade, but for fantasy football owners like me, I hope Jones-Drew gets on the field sooner rather than later.