Over the past few days, reports have been coming in that Maurice Jones-Drew is not attending voluntary workouts this week because he would like a new contract. Multiple articles cite that Pete Prisco, of CBSSports.com, has heard from team sources that he’s been talking about an extension.
I find trouble believing this for multiple reasons. First off is that Jones-Drew still has 2 years left on his contract and is currently the 8th highest paid running back in the league. He’s also known for skipping voluntary, as in not mandatory, workouts during the offseason. Also to note is that he married early this April which has Coach Mularkey saying, “Maybe he’s on a really, really good honey moon”.
In defense of Jones-Drew, he has lead the league this year in rushing yards with 1,606 yards; as well as having to deal with stacked boxes this season. This was due to the Jaguars having the league worst ranked passing attack headed by a rookie quarterback.
Players often hold out with a year left on their contract, but the notion of holding out with 2 years left as the eighth highest running back salary is ridiculous. Jones-Drew deserves to be paid for his efforts and he may talk about it with friends, family and other players, but this is definitely not why he is holding out.
Maurice Jones-Drew will obviously not attend voluntary workouts which will prove detrimental to his cause. New coaches means new system, meaning Jones-Drew will start off behind.
– Antonio Furgiuele