In what culminated in one of the best days in team history. The Jacksonville Jaguars and former Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart agreed to terms on a three-year deal.
“NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night that Toby Gerhart has signed a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed, according to a source informed of the deal.
Gerhart joins the Jags after spending the past four seasons backing up Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings. Gerhart's arrival is the surest sign yet that Maurice Jones-Drew's time with the Jaguars is up.
NFL.com was the first online site to break the news.
The idea of the Jaguars going into a season without No. 32 starting behind the quarterback is a foreign concept to this team as Jones-Drew has not only been the workhorse, but the face of this franchise. He, his agent and management, most notably general manager David Caldwell, could not agree on how the second most tenured running back in team history should be used in the team’s offensive game plan this season. Management and the team wanted him to play in a reduced capacity, much like management wanted the same thing from Fred Taylor before the team released him toward the end of his career.
This move presents opportunities for both Gerhart as a first-time starter and for MJD, who will now really see what he is worth in NFL circles.
Gerhart is raw and was a starter when he has had to step in and replace an injured Adrian Peterson. He showed flashes of his talent over the years, and finished last season with 283 yards on 36 carries and a robust 7.9 yards per rush average. In 276 career carries, he's rushed for 1,305 yards and five touchdowns.
The Jaguars have Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson still on the roster, both of whom figure to carry the football as well.