Fred Taylor‘s release from the team makes Maurice Jones-Drew the Jaguars’ starting running back, but there could be a problem. Jones-Drew is only signed through 2009.
However, USA Today points out that Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has said the team wants to sign Jones-Drew to an extension.
- “I think Maurice is a great football player and an even better teammate. So I would like to have us get him done. There is a process that takes place where two sides try and get something done and we’ll work at that privately to get that done and hopefully that’ll be resolved shortly.”
Despite starting just three games last season, Jones-Drew led the Jaguars with 824 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns in 2008. He also was the team’s second-leading receiver with 62 catches for 565 yards.
Jones-Drew has 3,941 yards from scrimmage (2,533 rushing, 1,408 receiving) and 40 total touchdowns during his three-year NFL career.