The Oakland Raiders have had a quiet week after trading for quarterback Matt Schaub, but it appears that general manager Reggie McKenzie likes getting his business done on Fridays as he is set to attempt to hammer down another veteran acquisition to bolster his offense over the next two days.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport the Raiders will be meeting with Bay Area native running back Maurice Jones-Drew on Thursday and Friday in an attempt to bring in another running back in the wake of Rashad Jennings departure to the New York Giants.
Maurice Jones-Drew is visiting the #Raiders tonight and tomorrow, per source. Wow. Could get serious.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2014
Recently Jones-Drew has been attached to the Pittsburgh Steelers and looking for a deal of around $3.5 million per season, something that McKenzie can certainly afford. Like current Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Jones-Drew has his injury concerns including a lisfranc injury that appeared to have slowed the veteran Jaguars back last season. Still he has a lot left to give any team, specifically his hometown Raiders who could be getting a feel good comeback story in MJD should they hammer out a deal before the weekend.
Expect the Raiders to pursue MJD hard over the weekend and have a good chance of locking him down, after all a two day meeting is a pretty serious indicator that both parties are interested in coming to an agreement. If so expect the move to be well received by Raider fans who have always fantasized about having the De La Salle high school phenom on the hometown team.