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Could Maurice Jones-Drew End Up In Indy? Fantasy Impact

Maurice Jones-DrewWe all know by now that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is a man who will do anything to help his football team move forward. Heck we are talking about the guy who found it in his team’s best interest to part ways with a legend in Peyton Manning to start a new regime with QB Andrew Luck.

In all honesty it’s looking pretty good so far as Luck has shown poise and confidence this pre-season, and has the makings of a quality professional QB. Irsay has come out recently and said that his team may be looking to make a move, and a trade, even possibly with a high-round draft choice may be in the works. I got this excerpt from the Associated Press today:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts owner Jim Irsay says his team is seriously contemplating a trade – a deal that could possibly include a high draft pick.
On Thursday, Irsay wrote on Twitter that ”serious” trade winds are blowing though he also noted that often times these deals fall through. Later, he Tweeted that new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson isn’t afraid to roll the dice and that the owner was willing to open his checkbook.

Those two posts followed an earlier one that read simply: ”TRADE WINDS BLOWING” Irsay has not provided any indication of who the Colts might be trying to get, though their two biggest areas of need are cornerback and offensive line. Grison and coach Chuck Pagano has repeatedly said they will do anything they can to improve the team.

Now with that piece of information being given to us, my wonder is this: Can this big trade include a certain unhappy star running back currently in the Colts division? Are the Colts looking to add a stud back to help the grooming process of Andrew Luck?

We have all heard by now that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is very unhappy with his contract situation, and has been holding out of training camp at the cost of $30,000 per day, or more than a good amount of people make in a year. Jags owner Shad Khan has said repeatedly that Jones-Drew was not going to be offered an extension or a new deal, and that it is in his best interest to report to camp. However, you have to think that any player, especially one who is not reporting to camp, has a price. Could this be the “trade wind blowing” that Irsay and the Colts are talking about?

The Colts currently have been using Donald Brown as their top running back and working in back Delone Carter as well. While both showed nice things in doses last season, and so far this pre-season, a move for Jones-Drew would give Indy its best all around back since Edgerrin James. Jones-Drew is also one of the best pass catching backs in the league which would work as an excellent check down tool and screen pass option for Luck. Plus the veteran presence that he adds could be huge.

Of course as many of us look, the Colts have some pressing needs, and they may feel quite comfortable at RB. How high of a draft choice would they have to part with to obtain Jones-Drew? To me this deal makes sense, especially considering how badly Jones-Drew has torched Indy’s defense in the past. Opening up checkbooks can also be a nice hint given that MJD is looking for a new deal after watching other backs like Ray Rice and Matt Forte score big deals this offseason.

It could be anything though, from offensive lineman, to cornerback to even a guy like Mike Wallace who is expected to sign a one year franchise tag with Pittsburgh soon. Maybe it is his big ticket that we are hearing about. Also as Irsay has said “these trade talks often fall through” so we will have to wait and see. For fantasy owners, anywhere Jones-Drew chooses to play would have to be good news, given that he has been one of the best producers over the last few years. Last season he rushed for over 1,600 yards and caught 46 passes, while scoring 9 total TDs. I guess we will just have to wait and see, and hope it goes down before we draft.

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