No, not really. But it's amazing what two question marks can do.
Ahem, living here in Florida, there really isn't much to cheer for. Hot, humid state that tourists come in and "use" and leave. Poor education funding. Mosquitos. Voter lockouts. Sharks. Hurricanes. Now I'm depressed. But I digress -
There's also Pirates, Water Mammals and African Wildcats. By that I mean the Bucs, the Dolphins, and the Lions over at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Because no one wants to talk about the Jaguars. Not only because they perenially play poorly (note the clever use of alliteration!), but there's a black- out concern pretty much every game. And for me, them being in the same division as the Colts has made me an arch enemy of the "Glitter Cats".
And now I will use a "read more" widget just like the professional writers here!
If you've been keeping up with Jaguars news, and I haven't, there's lots of talk of Blaine Gabbert as the new QB. And the new offense that Mike Mularkey is installing. The vaunted "Mularky BS Offense". Blaine Gabbert is being hailed as the second coming of Curtis Painter, when even Curtis Painter isn't the first coming of Curtis Painter.
And then there's Maurice Jones Drew (nee' MJD) holding out on the remaining two years of his $31 million contract he signed in 2009. MJD wants a longer contract so that he can play out his career in Jax. His running back friends Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Arian Foster each received new contracts, and darn it, it's just not fair that MJD can't get the same.
Most of you know that MJD hates the Colts because we passed over him in the 2006 draft and opted for Joseph Addai and Bethea and a years supply of Zagnut bars. Since then he has been outspoken about his hatred for the Colts, and his plan to run willy-nilly thru the Colts defense each and every game. And he's made good on that threat, running willy, nilly and willy again over the defense.
But, with a new GM in place, a new coach who wants to run the ball, and the Jags basically not negotatiating with MJD, is it time for the Colts to bring him in for a couple of years? The new owner of the Jags has threatened to have Rashad Jennings take over as lead RB. Jennings was on IR all last year.
As noted, MJD has two years left on his front-loaded contract and is schedule to make $9.4 million over those last two years. Now, I'm not sure how these contracts work, and maybe someone here can clue me in. If we did pursue MJD, would we just trade for the remaining contract and give back a draft pick? Or is it pretty much wide open in terms of deal points? From what I researched, MJD wants a $8 million/year deal much like Chris Johnson received recently. I would think we'd also have to throw in a first round draft pick. But again, he's 27 years old now, which is not that old for a RB, but could take a few steps off his pace.
Interesting side note, the Jags picked up a guy named Anger as a kicker this last draft. He's going to be a holder for Scobee. Can you imagine if Pat Angerer took punt returns (he doesn't) from some kicker named Anger? And what if Pat Angerer broke lose and it was up to Anger to tackle him?
Imagine life as you know it stopping instantaneously and all the molecules in your body exploding at the speed of light.
That would be bad.
Anyway - what do you guys think about going after MJD? He could backup Downtown Donald Brown and immediately improve our running game.
Some stats on MJD below. He seems to be getting better each year.
NFL = need fresh legs.
MJD has been a pack mule for a horrible team for too long. I'm expecting a total physical breakdown at some point due to the workload he's had. He's averaging more than 20 carries per game thus far. Add in receptions and he's getting nearly 28 touches per game before adjusting for games missed due to injury. In other words, there's not much tread left on those tires.
Only way MJD consents to a trade is if he's going to get resigned to a big deal. For a rebuilding team, you don't want to sign a huge deal for a 27 year old running back with a lot of miles on him already.
Not really super interested in MJD, he is a very good RB, but 27 for a RB is really getting up there, when you think about the lifetime of RB's and the big decline they have after 30, well atleast most of them.
I also think that we are a few years away from making a really good run, so I think that would be more of a wasted investment for the Colts.
One last thing not sure it would have to be a 1st, we traded Faulk for a 2nd and a 5th so there you go.