Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, according to a report late Thursday night by CSN Bay Area.

Jones-Drew, according to the report, is scheduled to have a physical on Friday morning. The report, citing two unnamed league sources, said a contract will be signed later in the day if no issues arise.

Jones-Drew, a De La Salle product, gives the Raiders a viable option in case oft-injured Darren McFadden stumbles.

McFadden, 26, missed six games last season with hamstring and ankle injuries. He's missed 29 games during his six-year Raiders career and at least three each season.

Jones-Drew has been far more durable and reliable than McFadden. He's missed only 14 games during his nine-year NFL career -- 10 of those came in 2012 as a result of a foot injury suffered against the Raiders at the Coliseum.

With Jennings gone, the Raiders are counting upon McFadden to regain the form that enabled him to average better than 5 yards per carry in 2010 and 2011. They bolstered the offensive line through free agency in an attempt to facilitate McFadden's resurgence.

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that McFadden's time with the Raiders had ended after last season. But he said he re-signed with the Raiders because "I want to prove to the team that drafted me that I am a top running back in this league."


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It's likely McFadden will enter training camp as the projected starter. Jones-Drew and second-year player Latavius Murray would get an opportunity to challenge for the lead role.

Jones-Drew is accustomed to being the featured back, as was the case his final five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. From 2009-11, he ran for 4,321 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also caught 130 passes and appeared in all but two games during that span.

Last season, the Raiders were fortunate to have a player of Jennings' caliber ready to go when McFadden suffered a hamstring injury. Jennings performed so well that he retained the starting job the rest of the season, even when McFadden returned.

Jennings averaged 4.5 yards per carry and caught 36 passes last season. He parlayed his success into a decent payday with the Giants. That left the Raiders without a proven backup to McFadden.

Hence, the Raiders interest in Jones-Drew, who's coming off the least productive season of his NFL career. His career-low was a 4.2-yard average until he slumped to 3.4 per carry last season. McFadden averaged 3.3 yards rushing each of the past two seasons.

Jones-Drew, who turned 29 on March 23, has plenty of ties to California. He played high school football at De La Salle and attended UCLA.

In other news, Raiders coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo attended the pro day workout of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on Thursday.

Allen was one of eight head coaches in attendance for Manziel's scripted audition before representatives from 30 NFL teams.

Manziel is among a handful of quarterbacks the Raiders have scouted in depth, and he is being considered by the team for the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft in May.

Also, a USA Today report said quarterback Matt Schaub upon being traded to the Raiders last week restructured the contract extension that he signed with Houston in 2012.

As a result, he will earn $8 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. That's more than $10 million less than he was slated to earn under terms of his old contract, though he can earn $6 million more in playing-time and performance-based incentives.

The final season of Schaub's old deal was deleted as part of the reworked contract, as well.

Staff writer Steve Corkran contributed to this report. For more on the Raiders, visit the Inside the Oakland Raiders blog at ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders.

JONES-DREW PROFILE
Hometown: Oakland
High School: De La Salle (Concord) College: UCLA
Age: 29 Ht: 5-7 Wt: 210
Last three seasons stats
Year G Car Yds TD*
2011 16 343 1,606 11
2012 6 86 414 2
2013 15 234 803 5
Career 114 1,804 8,017 81
* -- Total touchdowns