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Maurice Jones-Drew officially retires from the NFL

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The NFL has been rocked today by the news that a veteran runningback has decided to end his playing career in the league.

Maurice Jones-Drew, the Oakland Raiders veteran star has taken to Twitter to announce his tough decision to officially leave the league.

Jones-Drew has only spent a year in Oakland but has now called time on his nine year NFL career.

Jones-Drew left a long message to his fans, Raiders fans and just NFL fans in general with the caption that all good things come to an end.

In a Tweet which has over 8,000 retweets and resulted in Jones-Drew trending on Twitter across America, he has had the Raiders first big impact on the off-season.

The Raiders currently hold the number four pick in this years NFL draft following a fairly disastrous year in 2014.

The Raiders went 3-13 last year and despite arriving as a summer recruit last year, Jones-Drew only started one game in California.

Jones-Drew has spent nine years in the NFL and the first eight of them were spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

During his eight years with the Jaguars, he was selected to the pro bowl three times in three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011.

A change in the plan?

The Raiders are currently being dubbed as one of the teams to watch this off-season as they have a lot of money to play with.

They have been linked with several big names who are set to hit free agency this year including defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver Randall Cobb.

They have as of yet not been linked with a move for one of the big name runningbacks available in free agency.

However should they look to pursue it, names like DeMarco Murray and Mark Ingram could become a new target.

The Raiders will surely be looking for a new runningback now with them set to lose Darren McFadden to free agency and now Maurice Jones-Drew.

The Raiders may have 3-13 last season, but the acquisitions of Cobb and Suh along with a fourth pick overall in the draft could turn their fortunes around.

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