Maurice Jones-Drew considered retirement before signing with Raiders

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Maurice Jones-Drew is looking to restart his NFL career in Oakland. However, the running back conceded recently that before the Raiders came along with a contract offer that he considered retirement.

“For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn’t feel like I had it anymore,” said Jones-Drew via the Los Angeles Times. “But that wasn’t the case. My trainer helped me get back in shape and gain that foundation that I’d lost with the surgery.”

Jones-Drew had averaged 4.2 or more yards per carry for seven seasons before seeing that number dip to just 3.4 in his final season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now 29, Jones-Drew landed a three-year deal worth $7.5 million from the Raiders. He will share the backfield with Darren McFadden who averaged just 3.3 yards per carry with the Raiders a season ago.