The Raiders today signed RB Maurice Jones-Drew, after eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and joins Darren McFadden as Oakland's one-two punch in the backfield.
Jones-Drew is a three-time Pro Bowler and has 8,071 career yards with 68 touchdowns, including 335 receptions for 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Last season was a down year for Jones-Drew who only rushed for 803 yards on 234 carries (5 TDs), but the Bay Area native (Antioch) is excited to be back home.
“I don’t think words can put how I really feel right now. I’m smiling because I’m so excited; I’m so happy,” said Jones-Drew after making the signing official.
The Raiders also picked up defensive linebacker C.J. Wilson, after four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
“It feels great to be a Raider,” Wilson said. “I’m excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise.”
Last season, he played in eight games and totaled 10 tackles, while his career totals include 50 games played with 11 starts, 103 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
In addition, the Raiders, who had a productive Friday, re-signed DT Pat Sims. Last season, Sims played in all 16 games, and had 49 tackles and two sacks, in his only season as a Raider.