Given recent moves by the team, Maurice Jones-Drew's tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars appears to be 12 games away from its conclusion, but a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that the Jaguars are "open to re-signing" the three-time Pro Bowl running back, although no new contract has been discussed.
While the report is surprising at face value, given the fact that the Jaguars have begun a long-term rebuild that has featured an emphasis on youth, it really probably doesn't mean much. Just four games into the 2013 season, it would likely cause a distraction if the Jaguars were willing to freely admit that there was zero chance Jones-Drew would be on the team's roster in 2013.
By admitting that his days are numbered, any chance of trade value remaining for Jones-Drew would seemingly be eliminated, and the odds of a less-than-happy Jones-Drew would obviously go through the roof.
The fact is that Jones-Drew is unlikely a part of the team's future and fans should expect to see him elsewhere after the 2013 season.