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Maurice Jones-Drew not expected at Jaguars OTAs

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When the Jaguars kicked off their offseason workouts last month, they did it without running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

His absence came as a surprise to coach Mike Mularkey and was reportedly due to dissatisfaction with a contract that is set to pay him $4.45 million this season. He’s got another year on the deal as well with the problem stemming from the fact that Jones-Drew is paid less than other, less prouductive running backs. Jones-Drew is a vital part of the Jaguars offense, but there doesn’t seem to be any movement toward a resolution that will bring Jones-Drew back into the fold.

Mark Long of the Associated Press and Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union each report that Jones-Drew will not be in Jacksonville when the team starts organized training activities on Tuesday. The news isn’t unexpected given the lack of any indication that there was a change in plans coming from the running back. All eyes will now turn toward the June minicamp, the first mandatory work of the offseason and the first time when any acrimony would really be forced to the surface.

The Jaguars have taken some steps toward boosting their offense this offseason by drafting Justin Blackmon and signing Laurent Robinson. Not having Jones-Drew at the top of his game would do a lot to limit the effectiveness those moves wind up having on Jacksonville’s record.

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18 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew not expected at Jaguars OTAs”
  1. hulkhogansays says: May 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    Running backs are a dime a dozen, brother.

  2. okeedokeesmokee says: May 14, 2012 12:57 PM

    Dude is a BEAST!!!!!!! He always stays in LA working out like he has for the past four years! I say if something isn’t broke don’t fix it! Were talking about the 2011 Rushing Leader!!! He will get his contract money plus some and very much deserved! The workhorse and leader of our Jaguar up in coming offense!

  3. itssocoldinthed says: May 14, 2012 1:00 PM

    His back is obviously still sore from carrying the team last year. Rest it MJD, you still have a lot to carry this year as well.

  4. somekat says: May 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    First, it’s up AND coming offense

    Second, he should get the money, and should of got it 2 years ago. I wouldn’t be so confident that it will all work out. Obviously, if the cheap ownership in Jacksonville was willing to pony up what he deserved, this would of never become a story

  5. joetoronto says: May 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    The only decent player on the team and he’s not there, lol.

    Kahn!!!!!

  6. jaxbeachjagfan says: May 14, 2012 1:19 PM

    MJD will be starting the third season of a five year deal he signed before 2010 season. Pretty sure he was real happy getting 5 yr/$31 million when he put his signature on the contract. Even that deal was done before his rookie contract was up.

    I know that teams can cut guys anytime but c’mon, feel free to honor more than 40% of your deal before crying about gettin’ paid, again.

    See you in June. And quit tweeting to new rookies that it’s time to get to work.

  7. auburntigers34 says: May 14, 2012 1:30 PM

    he deserves every penny that Josh Scoby’s holding out for and then some. Kickers making as much or more than RBs is ridiculous.

  8. shackdelrio says: May 14, 2012 1:34 PM

    “somekat says:
    May 14, 2012 1:08 PM

    Second, he should get the money, and should of got it 2 years ago. I wouldn’t be so confident that it will all work out. Obviously, if the cheap ownership in Jacksonville was willing to pony up what he deserved, this would of never become a story”

    What are you talking about? He just got a new deal three years ago.

  9. regisphilbin says: May 14, 2012 1:35 PM

    @somekat – His last contract put him in the top 3 for RB’s. He signed it knowing it was likely his last big deal.

  10. richkotitte says: May 14, 2012 1:46 PM

    Kahn Jerremy will take care of it…

  11. buffalomafia says: May 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    Pay him! He is consistant every year!

  12. kingofkings87 says: May 14, 2012 3:00 PM

    I never comment but I had to for this tool.

    “First, it’s up AND coming offense

    Second, he should get the money, and should of got it 2 years ago. I wouldn’t be so confident that it will all work out. Obviously, if the cheap ownership in Jacksonville was willing to pony up what he deserved, this would of never become a story”

    First off, he did get paid, two years ago. Precisely when you said he should have been paid. And cheap? Do you even know who the owner is, lol? No one knows as of yet if he is going to be cheap or wreckless. So far, he has been pretty good with the money. He is committed more money this offseason then 25 other teams. Please get facts before you bark.

  13. davidjcu says: May 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    Yes Running backs are a dime a dozen, and any one can carry the rock if you are one of the fortunate few teams that have a Tom Brady, Mannings, A-Rod or Brees, and even they had better than average running backs. All MJD does is produce and he is the face of the Jags right now until or if Gabbert proves otherwise. The only thing that makes runningbacks expendable is their shelf life, besides that they are one the most significant parts of the offense. They are the only position besides the QB that handles the ball as many times, and are key to putting away close games and controlling the tempo.

  14. ruthlssjag says: May 14, 2012 3:25 PM

    Despite the fact he just signed a contract 3yrs back, he does deserve to be in the top 3 range. For everyone who thinks RB’s are a dime a dozen, you ppl definitely have it twisted. This ‘specific’ RB gives 100% every carry, almost never wants to come off the field unless told so, & has been the Jaguars workhorse for as long as i can remember, maybe 2 years. We know his tires have less & less rubber to burn out like he used to, which is why Rashaad Jennings will get his share splitting carries. Regardless of whats going on right this second, I’, in firm belief that he’s somewhere out in Cali working out day in & day out. Mr, Khan will get this settled in NO time, just sit back & watch.
    Many of you, if not the majority, will be surprised to know that this JAGS offense has the talent to wreck havoc in the AFC; we know Robinson will come in & play his role just fine, a great addition speedster to complement our #5 pick, Justin Blackmon, along with others not mentioned, we WILL take off eventually. As far as defense, what can I say, if you guys don’t already know, you will this year!!
    Jags love playing Cinderella, & Vegas barely has us winning one game, that’s right, “one game.” We are least favored to make a push or any sound in the AFC this year; I’m sure we’lll prove EVERYONE wrong starting week 1 in Minn. ‘Nuff said!!

  15. 6thsense79 says: May 14, 2012 4:56 PM

    Oh boy. Here we go again. Fans throwing around useless phrases like “honor your contract” when referring to NFL contracts. How many teams that either cut or forced players to to take contract reductions did you throw that statement at? In some cases we’re talking about contracts that were signed less than a year before.

    In NFL contracts the power is whoever holds the most leverage. Right now MJD is comming off an All pro year in which he was the only offensive weapon for the team. He lead the league in rushing. When it comes to the NFL both management and the players understand how this contract game is played.

    It seems only fans are dellusional and usually the delusion runs in only one direction (the players).

    In any case if the Jaguars feel they can live this season without the services of the NFL’s leading rusher to take pressure off their shaky second year QB then they can let him sit for the season instead of negotiating with him. I just don’t understand the demonizing of MJD or any player for this matter for using their only leverage year to year especially when teams do the same against players.

  16. sasquash20 says: May 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    MJD is the best running back in football. That offense with Gabbert was just horrible and he still lead the league in rushing. If he had a solid offense around him he would be even better. Peterson is a good back but always gets banged up, C.Johnson is explosive but can be bottled up. Foster has the best line in football and a great WR to take defenders away. Shadey has tons of weapons around him. None of those guys could have done what MJD did in Jacksonville last season. Not one of them.

  17. granadafan says: May 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    There’s no denying MJD is one of the top backs in the league and a workhorse. I’m a big fan and followed his career from De La Salle High school and reluctantly when he decided to go to fUCLA. However, he signed his longterm contract which made him one of the top players in the league. Too bad if his ego can’t hack being one of the top paid backs. At the time he wanted to be the top 3 paid backs, which he was. If players can’t or don’t understand market conditions, then they should just sign 1-2 year deals only. Then they can reassess their standing in the market.

    Tough.

  18. cobibones13 says: May 14, 2012 11:31 PM

    jaxbeachjagfan says: May 14, 2012 1:19 PM

    MJD will be starting the third season of a five year deal he signed before 2010 season. Pretty sure he was real happy getting 5 yr/$31 million when he put his signature on the contract. Even that deal was done before his rookie contract was up.

    I know that teams can cut guys anytime but c’mon, feel free to honor more than 40% of your deal before crying about gettin’ paid, again.

    See you in June. And quit tweeting to new rookies that it’s time to get to work.

    You clearly have no clue what you’re talking about. He signed his current contract in 2009. He’s entering the 4th year of a 5 year deal.

    Since he signed that deal he’s put together 3 straight pro bowl seasons and made 1st team all-pro last season. And he made the all-pro team with easily the worst passing offense in the NFL. He was nearly 50% of the Jags offensive production.

    He has more career rushing yards and career TDs than Adrian Peterson, but he shouldn’t be close to Peterson in terms of their contracts?

    For all we know he might not even want to be paid like the #1 back in the league even though he has been playing like that for a 3 year span. Are the Jags so cheap when it comes to a great player they don’t even want to spring for an extra $2 mil or so a year to keep that player happy(without even making him the highest paid at his position).

    The Jags FO paid crazy amounts of money this offseason for Laurent Robinson and Aaron Ross, who have been mostly backups in their NFL careers, but they can’t spring for a few mil more to pay MJD, or give Scobee a long term deal? What’s the point of being a Jags fan if they aren’t going to take care of the players who have already proven themselves as Jags?

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