Jones-Drew signs three-year contract with Raiders

Jones-Drew signs three-year contract with Raiders
March 27, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has 8,071 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns in his illustrious career. (RAIDERS)

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UPDATE (Friday at 1 p.m.) -- Running back Maurice Jones-Drew formally signed a three-year contract with the Raiders on Friday morning after passing a team-administered physical. 

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Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, two league sources confirmed to CSN Bay Area late Thursday night. Exact terms of the contract remain undisclosed.

The veteran running back is scheduled to undergo a physical on Friday morning. If he passes as expected and everything else goes according to plan, a contract will be formally signed later in the day.

Jones-Drew met with general manager Reggie McKenzie on Thursday evening at the team facility. The exchange went well, and the agreed-upon contract offer was made. The sides have been talking for a few weeks now, and this visit was believed to be the final step in an important acquisition.

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The Raiders were in need of a strong, consistent rushing presence to headline the unreliable backs currently on the roster. Darren McFadden is talented yet injury prone, Latavius Murray is unproven after missing his rookie year with an ankle injury and Kory Sheets has only had success playing Canadian football.

Jones-Drew is an Oakland native and a Concord De La Salle graduate, and there was an appeal to playing for the team he grew up cheering for. He also wanted a chance to be a major contributor and rebound after averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season. He struggled with an ankle injury following a clothesline tackle by Raiders safety Charles Woodson, which clearly impacted his play.

He missed most of 2012 with a foot injury that eventually required surgery. Prior to that, Jones-Drew had been productive and durable.

All told, he has 8,071 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns in his illustrious career. He also has excellent ball security, losing just 15 fumbles in eight years.

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Before 2013, Jones-Drew never averaged less than 4.2 yards per carry during a professional career spent entirely with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CSN Bay Area reporter Fallon Smith contributed to this report