Is it a good idea for any NFL team to trade their best player? Typically no, but the situation the Jacksonville Jaguars and Maurice Jones-Drew face is anything but typical.
The star running back is in the final season of his contract and is coming off a season that began with a lengthy contract dispute and ended with foot surgery that kept him out for 10 games.
Maurice Jones-Drew has been the heart and soul of the Jaguars, and the most popular player as well, for the past few seasons but that doesn’t mean he is isn’t disposable – for several reasons.
Jones-Drew will be a free agent after this coming season and his contract will likely demand a salary topping $12 million per year. In 2013, his total salary cap hit will be $8.6 million, behind running backs Adrian Peterson ($13.9 million), Chris Johnson ($12 million), Michael Turner ($9.4 million) and Steven Jackson ($8.89 million).
It is arguable he should be paid m...