AFC East and Maurice Jones-Drew

August, 22, 2012
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The NFL's leading rusher says he wants to be traded out of Jacksonville. Are any AFC East teams interested?

This is a division with several solid running backs. However, none of the tailbacks in the division accomplished what Maurice Jones-Drew has. He is a perennial Pro Bowler and a top-five player at his position.

Should an AFC East team consider traiding for Jones-Drew? Let's examine.

Miami Dolphins

Analysis: Reggie Bush is coming off his first 1,000-yard season and there is good depth behind him with young tailbacks Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. Miami's running back situation is set. But the Dolphins have so few playmakers that you could never completely rule out Miami when talent is available. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing with then-rookie Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. He could do wonders with Dolphins rookie starter Ryan Tannehill.

MJD interest meter: 6

New York Jets

Analysis: The Jets could definitely use an elite running back like Jones-Drew. He would be perfect for New York's "ground-and-pound" style, and combined with Tim Tebow, the Jets' running game would be dangerous. Jones-Drew would take a ton of pressure off starting quarterback Mark Sanchez in a way Shonn Greene cannot. Everything makes sense except for one snag: New York doesn't have the cap room. Jones-Drew wants a huge contract extension and the Jets can't give it to him. They can't even afford to extend their own best player: Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.

MJD interest meter: 6

Buffalo Bills

Analysis: The Bills have two starting-caliber running backs in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Buffalo has enough trouble as it is finding enough carries for these two tailbacks. There's no use for "MJD" in Buffalo's pass-heavy offense.

MJD interest meter: 2

New England Patriots

Analysis: The Patriots are a passing team who do not put much emphasis on running backs. They let BenJarvus Green-Ellis walk in free agency, because they didn’t want to pay him $4 million per year. The Patriots certainly aren't giving up draft picks and paying "MJD" elite money. New England has enough money this year tied into expensive offensive weapons like quarterback Tom Brady, receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

MJD interest meter: 2

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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