Caldwell added that Jones-Drew has earned the right to test the open market.
Reports from Monday indicated that Jones-Drew is seeking long-term deal and there has been at least some optimism that he could return Jacksonville next year. However, Caldwell’s unwillingness to discuss an extension now suggests that the odds of him getting that kind of contract from the Jaguars are slim.
Jones-Drew, 29, will have a hard time securing a big deal given his age, mileage and the recent contracts signed by players over 29 years of age.
We have him listed as the No. 44 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union mentioned last week that Jones-Drew may have to accept a deal similar to the one signed by Falcons RB Steven Jackson last offseason — three-years, $12 million deal and $4 million guaranteed.