Maurice Jones-Drew almost went to New England

Maurice Jones-Drew almost went to New England
April 2, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Maurice Jones-Drew reportedly picked the Raiders over the Patriots and Steelers. (AP)

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There apparently was some fire behind that the-Patriots-were-interested-in-Maurice-Jones-Drew smoke.

According to ESPN Boston, Jones-Drew -- who signed with the Raiders last week after eight years in Jacksonville -- said the Pats were one of three finalists for his services. Speaking in an interview on Mad Dog Sports Radio, he said he finally chose Oakland over New England and Pittsburgh.

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