There is most certainly a market for running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Monday that representatives for Jones-Drew will meet with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers this week at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
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Jones-Drew met with the Steelers last week, but left without a deal. Mehta has reported the Jets have “serious interest” in the 29-year-old Jones-Drew, who spent his first seven pro seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Two different sources told the Daily News that general manager John Idzik’s “hard-line stance cost the Jets an opportunity to sign their top running back target early in free agency.” If true, the Jets are still in the market for a complement to the talented but injury-prone Chris Ivory.
Jones-Drew likely still considers himself an every-down back, and it’s worth noting that the four teams on his docket this week all seem to have some level of uncertainty tied to their backfields.