Jags land Gerhart, likely ending any chance of MJD returning
The Jaguars grab running back Toby Gerhart, who had been Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota.
Toby Gerhart, who turns 27 in two weeks, rushed for 283 yards and two TDs on 36 carries last season.
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By Ken HornackFOX Sports Florida
In a move which appears to signal the end of Maurice Jones-Drew's days with them, the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms on a three-year contract Tuesday night with running back Toby Gerhart.
The deal is worth $10.5 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Gerhart didn't get an abundance of playing time with the Minnesota Vikings after spending most of his four years stuck behind All-Pro Adrian Peterson. But that means the former Stanford standout, who finished a close second in the 2009 Heisman Trophy balloting to Mark Ingram, has had considerably less wear and tear on his legs than Jones-Drew.
Gerhart, who turns 27 in two weeks, has 276 carries for his career.
Jones-Drew, who turns 29 next week, has 1,804 carries since being a second-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2006.
Gerhart's gratitude toward the Vikings and enthusiasm about coming to the Jaguars was evident in a post he made on Twitter:
Want to thank @Vikings organization for a great 4 years... but I'm excited to get to work with the @jaguars next year! Fired up! #DUVAL!!!!!
Jones-Drew's future remained up in the air after the first day of the NFL's free-agent signing period. One possible option seemed to dry up when the Oakland Raiders chose to re-sign Darren McFadden.
Gerhart will likely compete with Jordan Todman, Delone Carter and possibly Denard Robinson for playing time. Todman rushed for 256 yards and two touchdowns as Jones-Drew's primary backup. Gerhart had 283 yards and two TDs last season on only 36 carries.