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Jags and Jones-Drew Continue to Work on a New Deal

With Fred Taylor gone, and Maurice Jones-Drew the feature back now and for the future, the team is going to do what it takes to get him locked up with anew deal. Reports from today’s Florida Times-Union states that a deal is being worked on, but not done yet:

The Jaguars have offered running back Maurice Jones-Drew a lucrative contract extension, but a few sticking points are keeping the deal from completion. Jones-Drew and the team are close to agreement on the guaranteed portion (more than $20 million) of his potential deal, but not on the value of the total package, according to multiple sources, who requested anonymity because of the deal hasn’t been completed.

Jones-Drew, who will be the Jaguars’ starter after the team released veteran Fred Taylor last week, appears to be on track to receive a contract in the $8 million-per-year range, similar to the six-year, $49.3 million deal ($29.3 million in the first four years) signed last year by St. Louis running back Steven Jackson.

Last season Jones-Drew ran for 824 yards in 16 games with 12 touchdowns. He also added 62 catches for 565 yards and two scores. With Taylor gone, Jones-Drew will be counted on more than ever and a new deal is going to get done soon for the RB.

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