Report: MJD absence has to do with wanting a new contract

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Mike Mularkey didn’t know that Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t going to be at the start of Jaguars offseason workouts, so he’s probably not aware of the reason why Jones-Drew isn’t in Jacksonville.

According to Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, the reason for Jones-Drew’s absence has to do with his desire for a new contract. Prisco reports that team sources have told him that the running back is looking for a new deal. He signed a five-year deal in 2009 that will pay him just under $10 million in the next two seasons. That makes him the eighth-best paid runner in the league, a status that doesn’t quite fit for a player who has finished no lower than fifth in rushing yards over the last three seasons.

Jones-Drew is 27, so he’ll be close to 30 when his contract comes to an end and that’s not an age that sees many running backs land big contracts. His desire to maximize his earnings right now makes sense, but so does reluctance to do so on the Jaguars’ side. They have him signed to a good contract and the list of running backs fading away is far too long to recount in this space. His style and usage doesn’t lend itself to a very long career, either.

It has to be noted that this is just one report and that Jones-Drew has skipped voluntary work in the past without any negative impact on his game or on his relationship with the Jaguars. It’s certainly not something the team needs to deal with while breaking in a new coaching staff, however, and that makes this situation one to watch going forward.

 

50 responses to “Report: MJD absence has to do with wanting a new contract

  1. New contracts every 2 1/2 years is rediculous, I’m sure if MJD gets a new one that means Chris Johnson will want a new one somewhere around week 9

  2. He has a lot of time left on his contract, signed only a couple of years ago. One more strong season this year, they will take care of him next offseason.

  3. pocket jesus wan’ts his pocket filled with coin, who can blame him. Imagine how much worse gabbert would do without him, if that’s possible.

  4. “It has to be noted that this is just one report and that Jones-Drew has skipped voluntary work in the past without any negative impact on his game or on his relationship with the Jaguars.”

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    Josh, I know you don’t post much on here but you’re supposed to make Jags fans panic and think the world is ending. Don’t you know that’s how the site works? Take a non story and make it huge. Don’t tell us it’s probably nothing, tell us the season is in the balance right now!

  5. Everyone wants a new contract these days. Especially since more money has to go to vets with the new CBA. Hmm…

  6. The NFL has a system that is unfair to the players, who have no choice but to do unfair things like holding out when they’ve outperformed their contracts.

    Notice that no other pro sports leagues ever have holdouts.

  7. He is also looking over his shoulder with Jennings coming back this year. Its been said that Jennings has the best hands on the team. He also reminds me of Eddie G with his long strides.

    Prisco had another point yesterday…. name the last good team with a league leading running back? I like Mojo, but he is replaceable.

  8. After looking up Michael Turner’s outrageous number of carries over the years in Mularkey’s offense, MJD was heard to say, “Holeeee ****! I need more money!”

  9. “regisphilbin says:
    Apr 17, 2012 2:03 PM
    He is also looking over his shoulder with Jennings coming back this year. Its been said that Jennings has the best hands on the team. He also reminds me of Eddie G with his long strides.

    Prisco had another point yesterday…. name the last good team with a league leading running back? I like Mojo, but he is replaceable.”

    I guess in the final 5 games of 2010 when Jennings was the man…oh n/m the Jags lost those games.

  10. Interesting… MJD and Matt Forte are repped by the same agent… This should make negotiations for the Bears and Jags interesting…

  11. “name the last good team with a league leading running back”

    Baltimore, Houston, and San Fran all had top 6 rushers last year. They also had some assemblance of a passing game. It’s all about balance…

  12. Well… at least the Jags have plenty of cap space to pay MJD. This shouldn’t be an issue for that front office at all nor will it be a big distraction

  13. Maybe he wants the jags to take money away from him and give it to signing some receivers so teams don’t stack 9 in the box and get him killed by this time next season, he has portis written all over him, i dont blame him, the young mans window is closing faster than most realize

  14. just under 10 million dollars and he feels underpaid. just out of curiosity since everybody feels so sorry for him and feels nfl contracts are unfair to the players how much was his signing bonus?you know the guranteed money he got for signing his name to the contract? now add that to the just under 10 mil he gets for playing and I am supposed to feel sorry for him or any other player who whines about being under paid?

  15. xmiksticky says:
    Apr 17, 2012 1:51 PM
    New contracts every 2 1/2 years is rediculous, I’m sure if MJD gets a new one that means Chris Johnson will want a new one somewhere around week 9
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    Spelling ‘ridiculous’ ‘rediculous’ is ridiculous.

  16. The NFL has a system that is unfair to the players, who have no choice but to do unfair things like holding out when they’ve outperformed their contracts.
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    WAAAHHHH! Unfair? Really? What recourse do teams have when a player UNDERPERFORMS or gets suspended b/c the player did something stupid? These kinds of things hurt the TEAM.

    If players have a problem, they can holdout, but the team isn’t required to pay them unless they report for duty. They are making tons of money so they had better just be quiet, enjoy their time in the NFL, b/c Citizen Joe makes a helluva lot less and the player won’t make millions as a non-NFL player.

    MJD seems to be a malcontent to me, he’s always complaining, wanting a new deal, and he’s not even that good.

  17. “Report: MJD absence has to do with wanting a new contract”

    Of course it does. But he should get paid, ’cause for Jax he’s like Ted Striker in “Airplane”- he’s the only chance they’ve got.

  18. I don’t think the extra $ it would take to get him to a top-5 RB salary is that much more than “just under $10M”. Why not just put a little sugar on top if you are Khan? Pay the top-5 guy, coming of an NFL RUSHING TITLE, top-5 money?

    PAY. THE. MAN!

  19. I realize that runningbacks generally have a narrow window of opportunity when it comes to their careers, and maximizing their earnings. HOWEVER, MJD signed a five year deal that was more than fair. Three years later he wants more money?? Too frigging bad! He willingly signed on the dotted line and should honor the contract.

  20. The beautiful thing about America is that your value is negotiable!!! If he can get paid more than he is worth it! It’s not like the owner has to pay him. They could cut him or trade him. He could also decide to play for his current contract. In the end the players would be smarter to take lessons from the owners and fight for every Red Nickle b/c tomorrow you could be a has-been without a team!!!

  21. I am usually on the players side in these things(especially running backs) but I think 10mil per year plus whatever signing bonuses he has already been paid seems fair to me.

  22. I can’t wait for the day when MJD works for NFL or ESPN radio, and after a few weeks demands a new deal and they fire him.

    I will laugh my backside off when that happens.

  23. Just give the money you were intending to give Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert shouldn’t get another dime before he can actually throw a pass without keeping his eyes closed.

  24. I wouldn’t put a lot of worry based on Pete Prisco. He is just trying to get some ratings for his radio show.

  25. Under 9 million and he’s crying. A lot of these guys need to stop listening to their agents and go talk to the team. Shady Mccoy is making about 600,000 and he’s at camp. Talking about underpaid please . Do your own thinking before you find yourself out the league. Pay the man, yeah Mccoy as for Mjd child please.

  26. I don’t usually side with the players on these issues. You signed the contract with a smile on your face so play it out. However, you never hear MJD complain about anything so I’m more inclined to see it from his perspective. By not showing up to the Offseason program he isn’t “holding out”. This is a subtle bargaining type of display. When it becomes mandatory MJD will be there.

  27. Sorry, MJD, no sympathy here and not that much leverage for you over there. It was a market value contract at the time and, if anything, the market has gotten worse for running backs over time. I’d bet that if he has a really big 2012, he might be rewarded. The concept of outperforming your contract is garbage. If you underperform, do you give back a percentage of your signing bonus? The NFL is the healthiest league, in part, because they now have the most rational compensation system. If you perform, you will be rewarded handsomely. If you don’t, you still made big bucks for a short period of your life and you move on.

  28. I believe the 10 million over the next two seasons means he is getting paid 5 mil a season…..so unless I am reading that wrong I think he clearly deserves a raise….he is the offense and he should be paid like it

  29. You signed the contract…now live with it. This whining by players over new deals gets old.

    If you didn’t want a 5-year deal, then don’t do a 5-year deal!!

  30. They are wealthy and talented but man these guys are so GREEDY, its never enough for them

  31. All players in the NFL should receive league minimum for their position. Something like this:
    Quarterback-$2.5 million
    RB-$2 million
    WR- $2 million
    OL- $1.8 million and so on.
    Starters would receive a $1 million dollar bonus for starting more than 3 games in a season.
    The rest of their money would come based on their stats, like so:
    A RB would trigger bonuses based on their performance- $200,000 for 500 yds
    $400,000 for 1000 yds
    Also- $200,000 for 5tds
    $400,000 for 10tds
    An OL would receive- $500,000 for only giving up 5 sacks, $1 million for 2 sacks let up.
    A DL would receive $200,000 for 5 sacks, $400,000 for 10 sacks, and so on.
    Every 10 tackles would trigger a $50,000 bonus.
    Interceptions 50,000 each.
    The NFL would benefit from this and the player would try their hardest in order to go home with a large paycheck. It would take the game to another level of competition.
    That way there isn’t just a few players getting big money, the best would walk away with the fattest pockets. I am tired of seeing players who work their asses off make less than the one’s who don’t.

  32. Hey dryzzt23 you just got the stupid post of the day award.

    MJD always complaining really when and about what?

    He’s not that good are you serious you must be a Titans or Texans fan.

    MJD has been the most consistant RB in the league for the past 3 years.

    He is a true pro and never complains about his team even when he prob should.

    YOU SIR ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT.

  33. Normally I side with players, but not in the case of Osi, Lance Briggs, and MJD. They signed a huge multi-year contract already and crowed, at the time, that they were one of the top paid. Now that the market has increased and others are getting more money, they want to renegotiate. Sorry. You signed it, live with it. Players who are considered top, should sign 2-3 year contracts instead of 5 years, so they can renegotiate in good faith.

  34. Page 1 of the GM rulebook. NEVER give a running back with more than 1200 carries a long term contract. I repeat…NEVER.

    Someone go back in the books and find me a team that gave a back with 1200+ carries a big, long term deal that didn’t live to regret it.

    This guy has had 1084 touches in the past 3 years alone. He is no different, and he will break down soon. This stinks of Shaun Alexander/Larry Johnson/Jamal Lewis/Ahman Green etc.

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