Maurice Jones-Drew conceded Wednesday that several teams believed he didn't have much left in the tank.
During an interview with NFL Media's Adam Schein on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, the running back said his final choices -- among eight teams displaying interest -- came down to the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
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MJD chose the team least likely to get him to his first playoff appearance since 2007.
One reason Jones-Drew signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract in Oakland was to return to where he grew up and play for a Raiders team he rooted for as a fan.
MJD said the Raiders are in "win-now" mode, and he believes signal-caller Matt Schaub can take them to the Super Bowl.
"You can definitely (make the Super Bowl with Matt Schaub at quarterback)," Jones-Drew said. "(Schaub) has something to prove this year. ... I know Matt Schaub is a guy who can lead us."
Of course, the other finalists on his list have quarterbacks named Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, who have won Super Bowls.
We discussed on the "Around The League Podcast" how it was interesting to see the veteran running back choose Oakland over a place where he'd have a better chance to make the playoffs.
MJD said he eschewed a chance to join the Steelers or Patriots to return home -- the likely larger contract offer probably didn't hurt either.
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