It what may come as a bit of shocking news to not only Broncos fans, but NFL fans themselves, the Broncos reportedly have interest in Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville's star running back who is holding for a better contract.
The Broncos have called the Jaguars, and have indeed inquired about the league's leading rusher from 2011. Jones-Drew is open to a trade, and new Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made it clear that he won't back down from his stance of not giving Jones-Drew a new contract. This is how the Broncos have been brought into the equation. The reason why it comes as such a shock is because the Broncos already have a crowded backfield as it is, with starting running back Willis McGahee, third round draft pick Ronnie Hillman, former first round draft pick Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball.
Jones-Drew is a huge commodity. He is coming off of his first All-Pro season. A season in which he ran for 1,606 yards and 4.7 yards per carry for a team that ranked 28th in points per game, and a team that was dead last in passing yards with rookie Blaine Gabbert throwing the football. The fact that Jones-Drew was able to lead the league in rushing on an efficient average of 4.7 yards per carry is simply amazing, considering the Jaguars were the worst offense in all of the NFL last season. They literally had no star players on offense outside of Jones-Drew, and their leading pass catcher was Mike Thomas with 44 receptions for 415 yards and one touchdown.
Yeah, the Jags were that bad.
As the source reports, Jones-Drew is due to earn $4.45 million in 2012. The Broncos reportedly have a little over $11 million in cap space remaining. So the deal could work out, if the Broncos truly want possibly the best running back in the league at just 27 years of age for a bargain price (and who wouldn't?) and Shad Khan remains true in his stance of not working out a new contract with Jones-Drew this season.
Right now, this story is just in it's preliminary stages, but imagine Jones-Drew in the orange and blue? Peyton Manning, Jones-Drew, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas on a single offense? That is simply too sweet.
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