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Maurice Jones-Drew's three-year contract with Oakland has a base value of $7.5 million with $1.2 million guaranteed.

The only guaranteed portion is Jones-Drew's 2014 base salary of $1.2 million. There was no signing bonus, and MJD could be released next offseason with no ramification on the Raiders' cap. It's telling that Jones-Drew couldn't do better than this on the market. Oakland now has him "locked up" through age 31.

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Maurice Jones-Drew said he picked the Raiders because they offered him an opportunity to "compete and play."

Darren McFadden may have the upper hand on MJD as the incumbent, but Jones-Drew has a real shot to open the season as the starter. With both Jones-Drew's and McFadden's injury history, is it also not out of the question that Latavius Murray gets a starting opportunity at some point in 2014. The Oakland backfield is shaping up to be a fantasy quagmire.

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Raiders signed RB Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year contract.

Oakland will pair MJD with Darren McFadden in an apparent attempt to reincarnate the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl backfield. Jones-Drew, 29, rushed 234 times for 803 yards and five touchdowns in Jacksonville last season, adding 43 receptions. Our tape study of MJD revealed that he remains an effective between-the-tackles grinder and bowling ball, but has lost his second gear in the open field and is no longer a big-play threat. We're going to project Jones-Drew as the Raiders' Week 1 starter, but wouldn't count on him getting more than 15 touches per game. Oakland's backfield projects as a fantasy quagmire for 2014.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are "expected to agree later today" on a three-year contract with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Schefter cautions that a deal is "still not final," but this story has since been confirmed by CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair and NFL Network's Albert Breer. Although it'll be a "three-year" contract on the surface, the Raiders have been structuring deals to essentially make them one-year commitments. Jones-Drew turned 29 last weekend, and may not have three years left in the tank.

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CSN Bay Area reports the Raiders are "very close" to a deal with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Per reporter Scott Bair, "all signs" are pointing toward the sides hammering out a deal. That was the expectation after MJD arrived in Oakland Thursday afternoon. If you ignore the fact that a 29-year-old running back is one of the last things a rebuilding team needs, MJD fills the Raiders' need for a competent bookend to fragile No. 1 Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew is on the downslope, but didn't embarrass himself in 2013. He did, however, average a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry.

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Free agent Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the Raiders.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the visit "could get serious." That's true of all visits, of course. To date, MJD has only visited the Steelers, but the New York Daily News reported earlier this week that the Jets are "in the hunt." Jones-Drew would provide a declining bookend to a fragile Darren McFadden in Oakland. The rebuilding Jags let the veteran runner walk, but the rebuilding Raiders can't stop adding players who are past their prime.

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The New York Post reports free agent Maurice Jones-Drew could wait until late in the summer or even into the season to sign if teams are unwilling to meet his asking price.

Jones-Drew is said to be seeking $3-3.5 million per season on a new deal. That's the top of the market for running backs in 2014 free agency, and we don't see a 29-year-old with 1,804 career carries finding it. The Jets are expected to show interest in MJD this week, while the Steelers are also still in on "Mojo."

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CSN New England reports the Patriots have not contacted free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

A Monday report claimed the Dolphins, Pats, Steelers, and Jets were "in the hunt" for MJD. Two reports since have shot down Miami and New England's alleged interest. We expect Jones-Drew to either land with the Steelers or Jets at this point. Monday's report may have been agent-driven, attempting to forge a larger market for Jones-Drew than he really has. He's a late-career running back.

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The Miami Herald hints the Dolphins are not interested in free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

Top Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins have yet to talk to MJD about a visit or his desire to play in Miami, let alone discuss a contract. The New York Daily News mentioned the Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, and Steelers as teams that plan to visit with Jones-Drew this week at the NFL Owners Meetings. MJD is going to be a complementary piece wherever he lands.

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The New York Daily News reports the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and Steelers are "in the hunt" for free agent Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Daily News contends the Jets' interest is "serious," while Jones-Drew visited the Steelers last week, leaving without a contract. The Patriots and Dolphins' interest had only been speculated about to this point. Jones-Drew's best shot at fantasy value in 2014 would be with Miami. He would be a complementary back in New York and New England, and Le'Veon Bell's backup in Pittsburgh.