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Jaguars GM says running back Maurice Jones-Drew could be back in 2014

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Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew has 539 rushing yards this season (21st in the NFL). He is averaging an unimpressive 3.2 yards per carry. Jones-Drew has only one carry for 40-or-more yards this season.

However, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell is not ready to part ways with Jones-Drew after this season.

Jones-Drew, 28, is in the final year of his contract, but Caldwell said it is premature to think the team will not make an effort to re-sign their 2006 second-round draft pick.

It was nice of Caldwell to say that, but there is one sentiment he did not express. Caldwell did not say he viewed Jones-Drew as his starter in 2014.

Jones-Drew will likely test the free-agent market, but his lack of productivity since season-ending Lisfranc injury in 2012 will likely limit the amount of teams willing to give him a substantial contract. Jones-Drew could end up back in Jacksonville, but find himself competing for playing time against a running back acquired through free agency or the draft.

Jones-Drew has rushed for 7,807 yards and 68 touchdowns in his career. If Caldwell intends to re-sign Jones-Drew, the running back will likely have to decide if he wants to compete for a Super Bowl championship – 2007 was his only winning season with the Jaguars – or end his career in Jacksonville.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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