Speculation also suggests that other teams are interested in MJD.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew reportedly met with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday as he looks to secure a new deal.
As one of the most prominent free-agent running backs available, speculation also suggests that the 29-year-old is being monitored by other teams, but Pittsburgh appear to be at the front of the queue with a second meeting scheduled for Thursday.
The likes of Knowshon Moreno, Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount all remain in search of a new team, but the Jaguars star led the NFL in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards which makes him a stand-out option despite suffering with injuries over the last two seasons whilst also playing with a struggling team.
Nevertheless, the running back remains a talent that is in high demand, and despite a visit to the 49ers prior to the free agency market opening, it doesn’t appear as though he set for a move to San Francisco.
Jones-Drew remains a popular figure amongst the Jaguars fans, but it is understood that unless he is willing to take a significant pay-cut it is unlikely that he will return. Financial aspects are also a concern elsewhere and so it may come down to a decision over where he feels he will get the most playing time.
The Steelers had the fifth worst rushing offense in the NFL in 2013 but along with the promise shown by Le’Veon Bell last season, adding Jones-Drew could likely increase his effectiveness too and it is something that the organisation is likely exploring.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter insists that the Steelers are not the only team interested at this stage, but with possibly two meetings lined up in a matter of days they will hope to agree on terms and bring Jones-Drew in as soon as possible if the deal makes sense for both parties.