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Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones Drew takes a pay cut in Oakland


Maurice Jones Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders last week and it seemed to be a great fit for both sides. MJD is a great counter punch to opposing defenses behind teammate Darren McFadden and the veteran back gets a chance to rejuvenate his declining career. But, recent reports from ProFootballTalk.com are coming out that Jones Drew is making nearly a million dollars less in Oakland than he would have made if he stayed in Jacksonville. Jones Drew is set to make $2.5 million over the next three years, while his replacement in Jacksonville, Toby Gerhart, is making $3.5 million over three years.

This comes as a surprise that MJD would sign that deal knowing he would have made more with the team who drafted him. This is because he made nearly $5 million in 2013 with the Jags, but was openly unhappy about the deal. And Oakland is no playoff ready team, yet. They are arguably better off than Jacksonville, but still, not great. Usually when big name free agents take a pay cut to go to a team, it is because they are going to win games, this is not the case.

What ever the reason was for Jones Drew to sign with the Raiders, maybe it was the California sun or the fact they were the only ones to bite on the 29-year old back, he still cannot be happy with the deal he got. And now the Raiders actually have something to celebrate: they didn’t overpay someone for once.

Tags: Darren Mcfadden Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew Oakland Raiders Toby Gerhart

  • Chris Schroeder

    According to the GREAT future hall of famer Charles Woodson, the Raiders WILL be a playoff team in 2014. When Woodson speaks it would be wise to listen. #OaklandRaidersPlayoffBound14.

  • P Feezee

    he joined the raiders because its his favorite team growing up and he is a native to the East Bay.

    • stucktrader

      He owns a house in the area… trains nearby in the off-season… Kids have family in the state…

      sounds practical… there are a number of players willing to join the Raiders to start new…

      With all the new vets… and talent/stability that Reggie acquired, the Raiders seem more like a contender… if they get the right draft picks… they are playoff bound…

  • R8RSRULE

    Ben. Your post is littered with Raider hate and no actual evidence. If MJD wasn’t happy about the price then he wouldn’t have signed on dontcha think? Also- I challenge you to name one person that the team has brought in this year that is an overpayment. I doubt you find one. I you’re gonna make a point at least back it up with proof…otherwise you look like a DB and I’m not talking defensive back.

  • JG

    Dude, have you not seen all the contract Magic that Big REG has worked. not 1 person got a BAD contract. Hopefully they teach you research methods at WVU. :)

    • stucktrader

      It’s so anti-Older Al Davis…

      This is definitely a steal… REG is building the team the way Madden talked about in the past: inside-out… the amazing part is REG is not done yet… if he gets DJax with an incentive based contract on top of a reasonable base… this will be one of the best rebuilds i have ever seen.

      However, the coaches need to step up… Hue Jackson’s offense was great to watch… the 2014/2015 team has to outperform THAT team.

  • DanfromVegas

    Didn’t overpay “for once?” Come on kid. You don’t have to follow the ESPN Raider hating narrative. Report the facts, and build your opinion around the facts. The Raiders made several great signings on the cheap.

    • stucktrader

      agreed…

      This kid will learn… but appreciate how he found something that maybe he will turn into a career one day…

      • DanfromVegas

        Precisely why I made a point of being gentle while calling him out for not being original and repeating false narratives.