The Raiders are expected to sign former Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year contract today, according to multiple reports. Jones-Drew, an Oakland native, told the Raiders on Thursday night he intends to sign. The former Jacksonville Jaguar figures to have a better chance of starting in Oakland than with the Jaguars.
The two sides are close to agreeing on a contract but 29-year-old still must pass a physical exam. “MJD” would compete against Darren McFadden for the starting job. McFadden, the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft, has failed to play 16 games in a season because of numerous injuries and did not play in three games last year..
In the 2013 season, MJD was limited by a foot injury and averaged just 3.4 yards per carry in rushing for 803 yards with five touchdowns. A foot injury also cost him 10 games in 2005. In 2011, Jones-Drew was a first-team All-Pro after leading the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards