Source: Deal worth $8.2M per year
By John Clayton
Maurice Jones-Drew agreed Wednesday to a four-year extension that will make him one of the three highest paid running backs in football.
According to a source, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jones-Drew have agreed on a deal worth more than $8.2 million a year.
The four-year extension, which according to a source will pay him more than $32 million, will be announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Jacksonville.
The contract is believed to top the six-year, $49.1 million deal signed by Clinton Portis of the Redskins in 2006. Steven Jackson of the Rams is the highest paid running back. He signed a five-year, 48.5 million deal last season. Larry Johnson of the Chiefs is next. He has five-year, $43.14 million contract.
Jones-Drew was entering the final year of his contract and was scheduled to make $535,000.
With the release of Fred Taylor, Jones-Drew, who averaged 4.8 yards a carry during his career, becomes the team's feature back. He had 941 yards as a rookie and last season gained 824 yards on 197 carries and rushed for 12 touchdowns.
Jones-Drew has 34 touchdowns during his three-year career.
John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.