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Jags to Look to Lock Up Jones-Drew Long Term

Fred Taylor is out the door in Jacksonville, meaning that the running game now belongs to Maurice Jones-Drew. Even though it looks like Greg Jones will get some carries, Jones-Drew is for sure the feature back in their system.

According to today’s Florida Times-Union, look for the Jags to make sure that Jones-Drew is the feature back for some time to come, as he and the team are looking to get a long-term deal done.

The Jaguars handed Maurice Jones-Drew the keys to their running game Monday when they released veteran Fred Taylor. That means Jones-Drew will now becoming the starting running back after alternating with Taylor the past three seasons.

And while coach Jack Del Rio said Greg Jones will likely get five to 10 carries a game and they also have Montell Owens and Chauncey Washington on the roster, Jones-Drew will carry the load as both a running and a receiver. Jones-Drew, 23, has already proved he can put up starter-type numbers as a backup, and he figures to surpass them as a starter.

Now the issue for the Jaguars is locking him up in a long-term deal. The Jaguars and Jones-Drew agree on one thing. They want him in Jacksonville and he wants to stay in Jacksonville. “He’s certainly a player we want here in the future,” general manager Gene Smith said.

“He’s obviously a younger Fred Taylor.” Jones-Drew’s agent, Adisa Bakari, said, “To my way of thinking, he wants to be in Jacksonville for the better part of his career.” Jones-Drew is in the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make the league minimum for four-year players of $535,000.

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