It's always tease, tease, tease. You're happy when I'm on my knees. One day is fine and next is black. So if you want me off your back. Well come on an' let me know. Should I stay or should I go? - The Clash
It’s the growing question in Jacksonville these days - especially with the end of the season three days away and plenty of answers left to be sorted out.
Will Maurice Jones-Drew remain a member of the Jaguars in 2014? Jones-Drew, who has fought through injuries the past two seasons, still thinks he has a lot to offer the Jaguars or any other team that might take a chance on him next season.
Ultimately, as he has made this known in the media, he wants to remain in Jacksonville helping this team turn things around.
“I know what I have left, and I feel like it’s a lot,” Jones-Drew said, via the Florida Times Union. The story actually appears on Profootballtalk.com.
“I’ll just go home, relax and hopefully things will work out for the best.”
Jones-Drew has carried the ball 221 times for 769 yards and five touchdowns and added 38 catches for 263 yards this season, a sharp downturn from his production before his 2012 foot injury. That production is down sharply from where he was before his 2012 foot injury and likely puts him on track to move into a time share in the backfield rather than a feature back role going forward.
Right now, the team has to concentrate on their final game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts on the road. MJD has had some of his best games in his career during this rivalry. If he returns to Jacksonville, can the running back who is in the final days of his contract with the Jaguars, accept a newer, limited role? Can a player who is one of the most determined runners in the NFL give in to the fact he has been in the league longer than most runners who carry a football.
Jones-Drew signed a second contract that was set for five-years and $31.1 million. For a running back that has 1,791 carries for 8,032 yards for his career, the money was well worth it for the Jaguars, who used Jones-Drew in an expanded role after Fred Taylor was released a few years ago.
“I know what I have left, and I feel like it’s a lot,” he said after the Jaguars’ Christmas Eve walk-through. “I’ll just go home, relax and hopefully things will work out for the best.”
Jones-Drew will not involve himself in contract talks.
For now, the only thing on Jones-Drew’s mind is Sunday. After that, the question of if he stay, if he goes or where he winds up will have to be answered.