Maurice Jones-Drew, while making an appearance Thursday at the Super Bowl, said he's not surprised that the Jaguars are letting him test the market in free agency.
"I'm fine with it," Jones-Drew told the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran in New York. "I kind of figured that because we didn't talk throughout the year. That's part of the business. There's no hard feelings. I gave everything I could to the organization. I appreciate them giving me that opportunity. Wherever I go next year they'll have a person ready to play at a high level."
Jones-Drew's contract expires in March and he'll also turn 29 years old that month. It is a rather deep group of free-agent running backs, with Knowshon Moreno and Ben Tate, among others, expected to be available. Jones-Drew is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.
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O'Halloran also ran into safety Johnathan Cyprien on Super Bowl radio row and Cyprien gave a quick recap of his rookie season. He'll remain in Miami for the next several months to train before joining the Jaguars' offseason workouts.
The T-U's Vito Stellino notes an interesting fact: Now that Mike Mularkey has been hired to coach tight ends in Tennessee, all four former Jaguars head coaches will be coaching in the NFL in 2014.
The NFL says that concussions have dropped 13 percent from 2011 to 2013 because of the league's efforts to better protect players' heads.
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