Maurice Jones-Drew could wait until late-summer to choose new team

Tuesday March 25th, 2014

(Tom DiPace/AP) Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 803 yards on 234 carries with five touchdowns last season. (Tom DiPace/AP)

Veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew has watched the market for his services pick up over the past few days, but it appears he still could be weeks away from deciding where to play in 2014.

Jones-Drew reportedly believes he is still worth more than $3 million per year, despite his declining skill set and the mileage on his body. And according to the New York Post, Jones-Drew "might be willing to wait until late in the summer or even into the season as an injury replacement if teams aren’t willing to meet his price."

Jones-Drew's agent is expected to meet with several teams this week in Orlando at the NFL owners' meetings. One one of the interested parties is said to be the New York Jets, while the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers also are reportedly interested.

MORE COVERAGE: Mock Draft 6.0; 20014 NFL mock draft database: SI’s experts weigh in Jone-Drew only played in six games in 2012 as he dealt with a left foot injury. He played in 15 last season, but averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry. However, in 2009, '10 and '11 he ran for 1,000 yards each year and scored 28 touchdowns. If that's the Jones-Drew teams will be getting this season, he's well worth the asking price. But his agent is going to have a hard time convincing teams of that. More than likely, he'll have to prove his value first before landing another lucrative contract.

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