The Oakland Raiders have officially signed running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The deal is said to be for 3-years, though no financial details have been released as of yet.
Jones-Drew is coming off his worst season in the NFL in which he averaged 3.4 yards per carry over 15 starts. Much of those struggles were due to a lingering injury he suffered in week two versus the Raiders. He was injured versus the Raiders the previous season as well, that time costing him the final ten games of the season to a lis franc injury. I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Still, the 29-year-old back has a career average of 4.5 yards per carry. He has been a full time starter the past five years for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the first three of which he was a Pro Bowler with his best season rushing for 1606 yards and being named first team All Pro.
He joins a now crowded backfield in Oakland which already re-signed Darren McFadden to a one-year deal and has 2013 sixth round pick Latavius Murray, former CFL Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets, and holdover Jeremy Stewart.