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Mar 25, 2014

NFL free agency rumors: Four AFC teams in the hunt for running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

By on 9:31 AM

The free agent running back market never really took off and like most Maurice Jones-Drew is still a free agent but perhaps not for long. Three AFC East teams, Patriots, Jets and Dolphins along with the Pittsburgh Steelers have some interest in bringing the former Jaguars running back to their rosters.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News the four teams will meet with Jones -Drew's agent at the NFL owners meeting this week.

The Daily News has learned that the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers are in the hunt to land veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The teams are expected to meet with the Jones-Drew camp at league meetings this week.

The News reported two weeks ago that the Jets had serious interest in the former Jaguars running back. Jones-Drew, 29, visited the Steelers last week, but left without signing a contract.

A CBS Sports report last week indicated that Jones-Drew, who has spent eight seasons in Jacksonville, was looking for $3.5 million per year in a new deal, but two sources said that number is high. The Dolphins brought in Broncos free-agent running back Knowshon Moreno for a visit last week, but he left without a deal.

After rushing for 1,606 yards in 2011, the running back's numbers have declined since as he has had injury problems. Jones-Drew only had 414 from 86 attempts in 2012 followed by 803 from 234 attempts in 2013.


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