Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Maurice Jones-Drew Nearly Joined The Patriots

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) against the Tennessee Titans works out prior to the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason has been great for the Pats, as they have upgraded their secondary tremendously, and added solid talent to Tom Brady‘s receiving corps. However the backfield has not been improved. In fact, they have taken a step back. Not only did New England lose LeGarrette Blount, but they lost out on signing Maurice Jones-Drew as well.

From Mad Dog Sports Radio:

Signing a running back is not the biggest priority for the Patriots, but it is certainly up there. In my opinion, losing Blount to Pittsburgh was a big blow for the Pats, mainly because it leaves them incredibly thin in the backfield. Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley form a good starting duo, but I don’t trust Brandon Bolden to back them up. Signing MJD would have instantly made New England’s backfield one of the best in the league, but more importantly, it would take a lot of pressure off of Brady.

In his eight year career, Jones-Drew has amassed 8,071 yards, and 68 touchdowns.

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