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Jaguars will let Maurice Jones-Drew test free agency

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell indicated that the team will allow Maurice Jones-Drew to test the free agent market.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will not be attempting to re-sign veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew prior to the start of NFL free agency, according to general manager Dave Caldwell.

In the team's season ending press conference, Caldwell indicated they would like to have Jones-Drew back on the roster in 2014, but the team would not be offering him a new deal before he's set to hit the open market.

"Maurice has earned the right to test free agency," Caldwell said when asked about his contract situation.

Jones-Drew has finished the final season of the four-year extension he signed in the 2010 offseason, but his production has tailed off the past two seasons after dealing with foot injuries the past two years. Jones-Drew finished the 2013 season with just 803 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns, averaging a career low 3.4 yards per carry.

It's unlikely Jones-Drew gets a big contract from any team during free agency, but he's indicated he's not willing to sign a short-term, incentive laden deal.