Former UCLA running back and Bay Area (Antioch) native (and one of my personal favorite Bruins of all time) Maurice Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders today, returning to his native East Bay (having previously played at De La Salle HS in Concord). Per CBS Sports, terms of the deal are believed to be around $3 million per year, on a three-year deal.
From the official press release:
MJD returns to the Oakland area at the age of 29. "It’s a blessing…To be able to get back to the community that raised me growing up, to be able to play for a team that I’ve loved since I was a boy is exciting," said Jones-Drew. "A lot of players can’t do this and haven’t had the opportunity to do it, so when we saw the opportunity, I told my agent, this is where I want to be. He made it happen. I’m excited and I can’t wait to get back out there and play for the Black and Silver."
The Raiders organization is where Jones-Drew feels comfortable. Not only did he grow up in the area as a Raiders fan, but he played high school football with quality control coach Nick Holz and was the neighbor of one of the Raiders ticket reps. "It’s exciting to get back with people I’ve known. It’s good to see people that I’ve known for my whole life," said Jones-Drew. "It’s exciting to be around people that I know and I’ve been comfortable with for a long time."
While I can't say I'm a Raiders fan, glad to see MJD has found another team and is excited for the next challenge. Good luck in Oakland MJD - Lord knows you'll need it with that organization (although I guess anything is better than Jacksonville).