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Maurice Jones-Drew Retires

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders made an announcement that he will retire from the league today and pursue other interests.

Jones-Drew is only 30 years old but had a very productive career and remains a fan favorite in Jacksonville where he played the majority of his career. He spent nine years in the league.

Maurice said that after consulting with his family they made the decision together with his agents and expressed his thanks to fans, the teams he played with, and the league in general.

Jones was a second round pick of the Jaguars after he was discounted for his small size and weight at only 5′ 7” and 210 pounds. However, Maurice was a strong run and ran for 8,167 yards over the course of his career. This rushing total was the sixth largest over the last ten years in the league, at a time when running backs have been increasingly sharing running duties with other backs due to the heavy beating they take.

Last year, after being released by the Jaguars, Jones-Drew signed a three year $7.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders but was injured after the first game and never was able to regain his starting job.

I saw an article while I was sitting at one of the Amen Clinic locations that said it is expected that Oakland will be attempting to find a new running back either in free agency or in the draft to replace Jones-Drew.

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