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Mularkey admits Jones-Drew wants a new contract

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When Maurice Jones-Drew first failed to show up for the Jaguars’ voluntary offseason work, coach Mike Mularkey said he didn’t know anything about the reason for the running back’s absence.

Mularkey met with the media again on Tuesday after Jones-Drew failed to make it to the start of the team’s organized training activities and was a little more forthcoming. As has been widely reported but unconfirmed by either party to this point, Jones-Drew is staying away from the Jaguars because he wants a new contract from the team. The NFL’s leading rusher in 2011 has two years left on his contract and is set to make a total of $9.4 million.

“It’s all voluntary. I wish he was here. He knows we wish he was here,” Mularkey said, via Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. “He’s talked about trying to get an extension for his contract.”

Mularkey said that he isn’t worrying about Jones-Drew’s absence because of lessons learned when he was Buffalo’s head coach. He said that he let things he had no control over “suck the energy out of me” and he vows not to let that happen this time.

There’s not much reason for Mularkey to worry at this point. Jones-Drew has missed voluntary work several times with no negative impact on his game and he led the league in rushing after last year’s offseason was all but wiped out by the lockout. The Jaguars have a mandatory minicamp in June. If Jones-Drew doesn’t come to that, then there’s some reason to start worrying.

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24 Responses to “Mularkey admits Jones-Drew wants a new contract”
  1. jagsfanugh says: May 15, 2012 3:34 PM

    I could see if 1 year left but he has 2 years left so he needs to honor at least 1 more year.

  2. nolahxc says: May 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    What a bunch of Mularkey…

  3. jhart615 says: May 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    Jones-Drew literally always stays out of voluntary workouts. The fact that the media is making such a big deal out of it is laughable.

  4. cooklynn17 says: May 15, 2012 3:38 PM

    Don’t we all?

  5. jackblackshairyback says: May 15, 2012 3:39 PM

    Sobel picks on Mularkey a little too much.

  6. jagwired32 says: May 15, 2012 3:40 PM

    He’ll be back- extension or not. He’ll also be back in the rushing title conversation come December.

  7. buffalomafia says: May 15, 2012 3:44 PM

    Pay the man! He is very consistant every year he plays!

  8. ravenmuscle says: May 15, 2012 3:47 PM

    The reason Maurice is getting an extention is because he needs more names…like Smith-Johnson-Washington-Brown-Obama

  9. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    The Jags can find a new RB easily, time to part ways with MJD aka “The Mouth that roared”

  10. nastyjag says: May 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    PAY THE MAN!!!!!! He has been nothing but a consumate professional, never been in trouble with the law, a team leader, a true workhorse, and the face of our franchise thus far!!!! Kahnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!

  11. cash804 says: May 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    “There’s not much reason for Mularkey to worry at this point. Jones-Drew has missed voluntary work several times…”

    Why does this time feel different?!

  12. b7p19 says: May 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    Thats a bunch of Mularkey…

  13. b7p19 says: May 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    That joke is too funny to say just once.

  14. maddenisfordorks says: May 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m not worried about this.

    Khan and crew will have the roster all there by training camp.

  15. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    DO NOT “pay the man”.

    “The man” signed a contract and needs to honor it instead of crying and complaining every 2 seasons. MJD is overrated and needs to be made an example of.

    Guess what MJD? You ARE replaceable and I hope the Jags replace you ASAP.

  16. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 4:18 PM

    Why do you ppl condone MJD’s not reporting as he should? He is a spoiled brat RB who needs to honor the deal that he signed.
    His mantra of “I never go to OTAs” does not fly as an excuse.
    I’d love for the owner to tell MJD “I don’t sign the paychecks on time, deal with it”

  17. granadafan says: May 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    “jackblackshairyback says: May 15, 2012 3:39 PM
    Sobel picks on Mularkey a little too much.”
    ==========================================

    Well played. Another B of B fan.

  18. daltex says: May 15, 2012 5:06 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    May 15, 2012 4:18 PM
    Why do you ppl condone MJD’s not reporting as he should?

    He doesn’t have to report – these are voluntary workouts. If the time comes when he fails to report to an involuntary practice, I will still support MJD because, contract notwithstanding, he is the most valuable person on that godawful team and the ownership will treat him as such if they want to succeed.

  19. thingamajig says: May 15, 2012 5:22 PM

    4.7 mil per year for 2 years sounds like pretty good money for a running back these days. Save half of it and he could be set for life.

  20. rodgersrodgersheisking says: May 15, 2012 5:31 PM

    MJD is the biggest player at the Jags at this point. Contracts go two ways you know. I don’t hear anybody complaining about contracts not being upheld when players are cut.

  21. ruthlssjag says: May 15, 2012 5:32 PM

    dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    DO NOT “pay the man”.

    “The man” signed a contract and needs to honor it instead of crying and complaining every 2 seasons. MJD is overrated and needs to be made an example of.

    Guess what MJD? You ARE replaceable and I hope the Jags replace you ASAP.

    ____________________________________

    Umm, overrated? You can’t be serious putting MJD & overrated in the same sentence, well I hope not & if so, it shows how much you know about football.
    Anyways, MJD has rarely came to these voluntary camps. However, this year is a new year with lots of new changes, so I wish he was there simply to show how important & vital he is to this team, but its NO different than previous seasons. As long as he produces, like always, there’s no reason to cry about it, whether by fan or by the lovely media!!

  22. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 6:16 PM

    Ok so you’re saying that it is perfectly fine that this diva MJD is not a team player.

    He IS overrated, he wouldn’t even make the practice squad on the Steelers.
    MJD is all about himself and cares nothing about how his actions affect his team
    The fact that he cares so little that he has made it a habit to not attend OTAs and be part of the team tells me all I need to know about him.
    I hope some hungry rookie RB comes in and beats him out, thus saving the Jags millions of dollars.

  23. idontcareuknow says: May 15, 2012 6:35 PM

    Overrated is leading the league in rushing on the worst passing offense. EVERYONE knew who was getting the ball, and they couldn’t really stop him. Ok. Good to know the Steelers have great running backs who can wing games for them. Oh wait….. nvm.

  24. joetoronto says: May 16, 2012 4:24 AM

    At the end of the day, the Jags are going to have to pay him.

    That’s what happens when you only have one decent player on the team.

    Imagine Gabbert without Drew back there, making the defense think run.

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