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Report: RB Maurice Jones-Drew to sign 3-year deal with Raiders

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Maurice Jones-Drew reportedly is headed back to his hometown. (USATSI)
Maurice Jones-Drew reportedly is headed back to his hometown. (USATSI)

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The free agent running back market has, for the most part, been rather soft for players like Knowshon Moreno, Darren McFadden and Ben Tate -- surprisingly, Vikings backup Toby Gerhart might have made out the best when he signed a $10.5 million deal with the Jaguars -- and though Maurice Jones-Drew has been one of the best running backs in the league for the past half-decade, it's taken him quite a while to search for his next job.

But reportedly, he's found it in Oakland.

According to CSN Bay Area, Jones-Drew has agreed to terms with the Raiders, who also happen to have re-signed McFadden for a one-year deal. ESPN.com reports that Jones-Drew's deal will be for three years.

Jones-Drew, an Oakland native, is expected to undergo a physical Friday, and assuming all goes well, he'll reportedly sign his deal later in the day.

After leading the league with 1,606 rushing yards in 2011, he's had back-to-back rough seasons in Jacksonville. He missed 10 games in 2012 with a foot injury, and last season, while struggling with an ankle injury, he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.

Jones-Drew is the 48th-ranked player on the CBSSports.com free agent list, and at the age of 29, you have to wonder how many years he has left in his body that averaged 318 carries from 2009-11 (perhaps it's no coincidence that he hasn't been the same player since).

But Jones-Drew reportedly wanted to sign in the neighborhood of $3 million per year, so you have to figure that at least he has confidence he can continue to be a top-notch contributor.

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