On Tuesday, August 21, the seemingly endless war between Jacksonville Jaguars' running back Maurice Jones-Drew and owner Shad Khan took another interesting twist. After Khan blasted MJD in another headline-grabbing tirade, the seasoned veteran announced that he would be willing to court potential trade possibilities, according to sources.
In six professional seasons, all with Jacksonville, Jones-Drew exhibited himself as one of the top rushers in the game. He has eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of his last three seasons. Last year, Jones-Drew was the National Football League's leading rusher with a total of 1606 yards. He has two years remaining on his existing five-year, $31 million contract and is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.
Hello? Yes, Detroit Lions, that's the sound of opportunity knocking!
With the issues currently hampering the otherwise disheveled position, a running back the caliber or Jones-Drew would, no doubt, be the cure for the Lions' ills. Each passing day looks to be another closer toward the end of Javid Best's career. Kevin Smith, though productive, still is not what one would consider a "franchise" running back. The supporting cast of Joique Bell, Keiland Williams and the horde of others being swallowed into the pit of despair do not appear to be well-suited for the immediate task at hand.
With the emergence of Willie Young as a potential contributor on the defensive line, and the soon-to-be recurring contract stalemate with Cliff Avril, the opportunity to land Jones-Drew and eliminate the offseason contract drama makes for an interesting discussion. Would Detroit be open to swapping Avril in a package for the potent running back? In my eyes, they should be.
Jones-Drew is the caliber of player that would surely set Detroit up for a championship run, coupled with the awesome air attack of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Titus Young. The prospect of what could be achieved in a single year, or under multiple-year conditions, gives rise to a gleeful sense of wonder. Detroit hasn't had a marquee halfback since Barry Sanders. Maybe, just maybe, that is about to change.
The door is there… open it.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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