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Maurice Jones-Drew will skip Jaguars’ mandatory minicamp

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The NFL’s leading rusher is so unhappy with his contract that he’s refusing to show up to work.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will skip the team’s three-day minicamp that begins today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

That means the Jaguars can fine him up to $63,000, which would cut his 2012 pay from $4.45 million (an amount that Jones-Drew thinks is far too low) to $4.387 million. He could also be subject to having to forfeit a portion of the $9 million signing bonus he received when he signed his current five-year, $31 million deal in 2009.

The Jaguars have not yet said whether they plan to dock Jones-Drew’s pay, but they have said they expect him to honor his contract. By not showing up to the mandatory minicamp, he’s not honoring his contract.

Jones-Drew is the best and most popular player on a team whose new owner, Shad Khan, has made it clear that he desperately wants to attract more fans, sell more tickets and win more games. So if any NFL team were inclined to give a holdout running back a raise this year, it would be the Jaguars with Jones-Drew.

But the reality is that NFL teams aren’t inclined to give any holdout running back a raise. The current thinking throughout the NFL is that running backs break down quickly and are easily replaceable, and the Jaguars likely think the two years remaining on the 27-year-old Jones-Drew’s contract are the two best years he has left. Jones-Drew doesn’t like it, but the reality is that the Jaguars don’t have to pay him a dime more than the $4.45 million he’s due. And once he skips today’s practice, they can pay him even less.

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54 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew will skip Jaguars’ mandatory minicamp”
  1. bangitfootball says: Jun 12, 2012 7:11 AM

    Time to play hardball. MJD is selfish. His 1600 yards can be made up easily with an 1100 yard back and an improved passing game.

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 12, 2012 7:13 AM

    The Jags are set to break the all time lowest points scored record.

  3. hpb2167 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:14 AM

    MoJo Really? Let’s go back 3 years, jags tore up your rookie deal early…gave you a fat deal worth more then you performed. I live in Jax and my entire family admires you, do the right thing and get to camp. I have many friends that would trade places with you. If $31 million is not enough for you I am sorry. Sincerely a Jags season ticket holder. Be a team player just like us fans are.

  4. redguy12588 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:15 AM

    I like MJD, and I don’t blame him for wanting a new contract, he’s carried their offense for years.

  5. rockthered1286 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:29 AM

    The most comparable RB in the game to MJD is Ray Rice. I have a feeling MJD will wait and see what type of deal Rice gets (hopefully soon) and demand a number in that ballpark (per year, not overall length of contract given his age). Kahn needs to consider restructuring his contract, perhaps extended to a 3 year deal and bump him up to $7M or so per year.

    I have a strong feeling we will be seeing a hike in TE pay, drop in RB pay, and tons of unhappy player in the latter group.

  6. blackandtealforeal says: Jun 12, 2012 7:30 AM

    Honor your contract. No one else signed it for you.

  7. punkscotty says: Jun 12, 2012 7:32 AM

    Do contracts even mean anything anymore? I’m a fan of yours MJD, but shut, show up, and put up like your contract says you should for another 2 years, then worry about trying to get more money. Earn it like the rest of America buddy.

  8. nccrabman says: Jun 12, 2012 7:34 AM

    MJR = Maurice Jones-Revis

  9. Dex says: Jun 12, 2012 7:34 AM

    C’mon Drew. Do the right thing. Let’s talk $$$ next year when it makes more sense.

  10. ssraebel says: Jun 12, 2012 7:37 AM

    I am (was?) a Jags fan. I was a season ticket holder the past three years. Canceled my season ticket. This team needs a new GM. I am sick of it. Why support a team when you keep getting crapped on as a fan? Is the new owner even really trying to keep the team in Jax? Sure seems like he is doing everything to get the team prepared for a move. Keep a unpopuler, underperforming GM then hire a former quiter as a head coach, let the GM bungle the Tebow trade, pick a punter in the third round. Sayyou are going to spend to the cap, then not follow through. I thought it was painful to be a Jags fan the last three years. This offseason has beat it all.

  11. notdoingwork says: Jun 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    Pay the best like the best!

  12. denverdave3 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:48 AM

    As a business owner I can tell you it is easy to fall victim to short-term pressures, but the best way to keep drama out of the system is to make decisions with the long term in mind. In other words, if you set a president of renegotiating contracts then expect to do it again and again. Once other players know how you handle these things, they will act accordingly

  13. EJ says: Jun 12, 2012 7:50 AM

    Good, dock him. I’m sick of hearing that these players aren’t fulfilling their end of the contract. Jags are holding up their end by paying what they agreed to, right? They are not paying you less because you didn’t score as much as they wanted, right? The teams take as much of a chance as the player does when the contracts are signed, they don’t know if you’ll end up playing well…but the second a player does play well, they expect more money, its not right.

  14. billh1947 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:59 AM

    There should be clauses in NFL contracts that state that the players accepts and will honor (without holdout) the contract he has signed regardless of future performance during the life of the contract. many players dont play up to the millions they signed for on their contracts but management never asks for money back from them so the very few who outperform their contracts should shut the hell up and just play.

  15. emaimo80 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:00 AM

    MJD is my favorite Jags player by far, however he needs to take into consider the signing bonus that was given to him for his current contract. Maybe as a comprimise they should restructure his contract to be more of a performance based contract. To many top performers have fallen off after being grossly overpaid (Chris Johnson). I would hate for that to happen to MJD because at that point the only thing left to do would be to release him which would be bad for both sides.

  16. saklr1 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:02 AM

    “The Jaguars have not yet said whether they plan to dock Jones-Drew’s pay, but they have said they expect him to honor his contract.”

    The same way they would honor it if he was under-performing?

    Right..

  17. niquebchillin says: Jun 12, 2012 8:05 AM

    Blame the owners … They are the ones that originally started not honoring contracts … So why should he … Cause and effect ..

  18. fieldysnuts says: Jun 12, 2012 8:10 AM

    @hpb2167
    I agree 100%. Only had 1 year at the full time starter and he was made one of the highest paid RB in the league. What is the point of doing a long term deal if you are going to ask for a new contract in a few years? Everyone should just do 2 year deals then. Players complain about signing the franchise tender because they want a long term deal, but then only want to play a few years then ask for another long term deal.

  19. essentialsausage says: Jun 12, 2012 8:24 AM

    I lost all respect for Jones-Drew when he called Cutler a quitter for being injured in the NFC Championship Game.

  20. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 12, 2012 8:24 AM

    MJD is the current NFL Rushing Title holder. He did it in the A-Gap, vs. 8, sometimes 9 in the box.

    Khan is new and is tossing money at unproven guys like Laurent Robinson. For what would amount to be a tip, he could put MJD in the top-3 RB salaries. MJD was the TOP last year.

    I don’t want to sound like a broken record but its not like this is the CJ-1K holdout. This guy is the face of the franchise and works harder and gives more than any other Jaguar. And for what amounts to a good tip, we could have him in camp. Who else better to give a raise to? The guy who was #1 at his position in the entire NFL last year.

    Khan, tell Gene to grab a pen, preferably one that works, and write MJD a check.

  21. shackdelrio says: Jun 12, 2012 8:25 AM

    “ssraebel says:
    Jun 12, 2012 7:37 AM
    I am (was?) a Jags fan. I was a season ticket holder the past three years. Canceled my season ticket. This team needs a new GM. I am sick of it. Why support a team when you keep getting crapped on as a fan? Is the new owner even really trying to keep the team in Jax? Sure seems like he is doing everything to get the team prepared for a move. Keep a unpopuler, underperforming GM then hire a former quiter as a head coach, let the GM bungle the Tebow trade, pick a punter in the third round. Sayyou are going to spend to the cap, then not follow through. I thought it was painful to be a Jags fan the last three years. This offseason has beat it all.”

    You sound like nothing but a jilted Tebowner. Go root for the Jets.

  22. ogre2010 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:30 AM

    @ redguy12588: I live in Duval and I agree with you!! We talk and want to be consider ourselves a NFL Team but get upset when our only superstar (along with our kicker) wants a new deal!! NFL 101: when you turn 30 years old and play running back, they get rid of you.

  23. jargon47 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:43 AM

    If players want to be able to renegotiate their contracts based on performance they should either sign 1 year deals or push for performance incentives which activate salary escalators for achievements such as leading the league in rushing.

    You sign a 5little year, $31M contract because you want security. MID valued himself at $9M signing bonus and $31M total for 5 years. If he miscalculated that is on him, not the team. If you buy a house and 2I years later the value drops 20%, you can’t expect the bank to just take that off of what you owe, and like that MJD can’t expect the Jags to renegotiate a savvy investment in a top flight player because he underestimated his value.

    MJD seems like a good guy and I hope the best for him, but he chose security over high risk/high reward and should honor his agreement.

  24. niubears says: Jun 12, 2012 8:59 AM

    I am (was?) a Jags fan. I was a season ticket holder the past three years. Canceled my season ticket. This team needs a new GM. I am sick of it. Why support a team when you keep getting crapped on as a fan? Is the new owner even really trying to keep the team in Jax? Sure seems like he is doing everything to get the team prepared for a move. Keep a unpopuler, underperforming GM then hire a former quiter as a head coach, let the GM bungle the Tebow trade, pick a punter in the third round. Sayyou are going to spend to the cap, then not follow through. I thought it was painful to be a Jags fan the last three years. This offseason has beat it all.

    ——————————————————-

    1)Everyone in the NFL knows that Gene Smith rides the shortbus when it comes to making NFL decision. But Khan isn’t a football man and he needed some sort of football mind on the staff. He hired a great President in Mark Lamping and Smith will be gone by the end of this season most likely.
    2) The Jags are going anywhere.. atleast for the next 10-15 years if not more. And what makes you think he is doing things to leave Jax? He’s done none of that. He’s investing in trying to revitali
    ze that crap downtown Jacksonville has with abandon building on every other corner.
    3) Mularkey.. Jury is still out on that one. ANy better candidates out there?
    4) Tebow… ugh.. Go dig yourself a hole and never crawl out of it if you think the all mighty Tebow would be good for the Jags.
    5) Spending to the cap… Khan can’t make everything happen in one offseason. He tried to bring in WRs and players to no avail. Do you want him to overpay for every second-tier football player out there? Khan has money and he will spend money, but first he needs to make it a place where the stars want to go play.

    As for MJD, I hate when players make themselves a distraction. Fine him the full 60k until he comes to camp. If he wants more money to play, just start taking his away and see how he feels in a few weeks.

  25. chatham10 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    This is just another tired story, sign a long term contract, get a huge signing bonus, receive large payment the first two years of the contract and then bitch about the contract with two years remaining because you received most of the money the first two years. I don’t care how good he is it is about time the teams take a stand and stop giving in to the agents and players.

  26. sleepyjordan says: Jun 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    Players don’t give teams their money back when they underperform their contracts. So why should the teams give money to players who overperform? It kind of works both ways, in my opinion.

  27. ssraebel says: Jun 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    Kampman was just cut with two years left on his contract by the Jags. Honor the contract for MJD??!!

    To the people that have given me a thumbs down in my earlier post- you a Jags season ticket holder? You don’t know my frustrations then.

  28. valentino8100 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    L.A. or bust! While my own opinion is that professional athletes are overpaid, you cannot fault this man for taking the stance that he has given the life span of an NFL tailback, and his desired to be compensated similarly to other players of his caliber at the same position. Arguing that he should honor his contract ia a mute point, when the entire free work recognizes that these contracts are completely meaningless.

  29. teamobijuan says: Jun 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    They’d cut you if you underperformed, MJD!

  30. ssraebel says: Jun 12, 2012 9:10 AM

    Not a Tebow fan but to think he would have not sold tickets or helped the team in some way is foolish. Blaine was not much better as a passer. He did help Denver make the playoffs right? That is what playing a GAME is all about, to make you team better?

  31. joe.attaboy says: Jun 12, 2012 9:13 AM

    ssraebel says:

    I am (was?) a Jags fan. I was a season ticket holder the past three years. Canceled my season ticket. This team needs a new GM. I am sick of it. Why support a team when you keep getting crapped on as a fan? Is the new owner even really trying to keep the team in Jax? Sure seems like he is doing everything to get the team prepared for a move. Keep a unpopuler, underperforming GM then hire a former quiter as a head coach, let the GM bungle the Tebow trade, pick a punter in the third round. Sayyou are going to spend to the cap, then not follow through. I thought it was painful to be a Jags fan the last three years. This offseason has beat it all.

    Oh, shut the hell up.

    Some of us have been season ticket holders…permanent ones…since 1993, when they first went on sale, 15 months before the team took a snap. Like thousands of others, I’ve seen greatness and I’ve seen pain and misery, but if you’re a football fan, and you like your team, you stick, through good times and bad.

    Here’s an idea: move to New York or New Jersey (if you can afford it), and try…just try…to get Jets’ season tickets. In about ten years when your name finally floats up to the top of the waiting list, you can sit and watch Tebow still sitting on the bench (if he hasn’t been cut and picked up by some other desperate team), and you can watch a team that hasn’t drafted a punter.

    Oh, yeah, by the way, the words are “unpopular”, “cancelled”, and “quitter.” All words that seem to describe you pretty well at the moment.

    As for the original story:

    I don’t believe for a moment that Jones-Drew will not be at the minicamp this week. NFL reporters have been known to be wrong more often than right.

    Have a nice day.

  32. 1122world says: Jun 12, 2012 9:15 AM

    The man has every right to ask for a new contract.
    He is in an elite class.
    Owners have all the power and they always hold the upside to the contract.
    No good bloody reason why you wouldn’t reinvest in an elite player as an owner.
    You put money back in to what’s working – that’s all this is.
    You ever see a car run around on a track with worn tires?
    That’s exactly what you’ll get if they don’t reinvest in their best player.
    Respect the talent you have.
    Every single other team in the NFL would snap him up and respect him a hell of a lot more than these chumps.
    Bottom line is he’s worth a hell of a lot more not only as an individual RB but also as a integral part of a team that needs more like him.
    Dirtbags.

  33. swagjag says: Jun 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    It is not the Jags fault players like Deangelo Williams got absurd contracts. That being said there is a solution that could appease both sides. Get Master P to dust off his “agent” jacket and restructure MJD’s current contract to match what he did for Ricky Williams. If MJD performs, he can get paid like the best. If he stumbles, he can look back and say $4.5M wasn’t such a bad deal.

    The Jags showed good faith in restructuring his deal and paid him in the top 6 of RBs at that time before he proved he was at that level. The time to hold out is not when you have 2 years on your current deal. MJD should know better than to think this will work. If winning is all he cares about, he should get his butt out there and learn the new offense.

  34. 1122world says: Jun 12, 2012 9:28 AM

    Oh and for the whole “trend” that speaks to the running back becoming obsolete and the TE taking over on the pecking chart…
    Foolish talk – talking like the ignoramuses you are to not see ahead of all this.

    Hey, oranges have a better price than apples in the market this year!
    I know, let’s rip up our apple trees and plant orange trees!

    As for injuries and rubbish – that’s with every position.

    Let’s see – Tomlison (never suffered serious injury) or Gronk (decoy in the SB)?

    A running back is a running back is a running back.
    And they’re not easy to come by. Fools.

  35. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 12, 2012 9:29 AM

    I like MJD as a player but he has NO leverage here. NONE.

    1) He still has two years on on his existing deal.

    2) He has a lot of wear and tear on his body and is now closer to 30 than 25.

    3) The Jags can fine him for every day he misses.

    4) The Jags are not a contender and in rebuilding mode so in the end they are going to lose most of their games anyway regardless of MDJ plays or not.

    5) RBs are the most easily replaceable position on a football team (besides punters) and after seeing guys like Chris Johnson (and Sean Alexander before him) fade out after getting big extensions, no GM worth his salt is going to over pay for a 27 year old RB already under contract.

    Jones-Drew needs to suck it up and “settle” for the $4.45 million in his current contract.

  36. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 12, 2012 9:37 AM

    @billh

    So if that being the case, every contract should have a clause that states that if she player underperformed, he won’t be released. It’s a two way street buddy. Pay the dude.

  37. yanksbills says: Jun 12, 2012 9:44 AM

    This is hurting my mock fantasy draft.

  38. sschmiggles says: Jun 12, 2012 9:48 AM

    These guys are only required to show up for three days of work in the summer. And some of them still can’t do it.

    Grow up and get to work… they are paying you millions of dollars to play a GAME and you don’t think it’s enough? What an ego.

  39. marthisdil says: Jun 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    Jags should fine him and get part of his signing bonus back. Hold them to the terms.

    See where he gets if he holds out and doesn’t play.

  40. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jun 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    ssraebel says:
    Jun 12, 2012 9:05 AM
    Kampman was just cut with two years left on his contract by the Jags. Honor the contract for MJD??!!

    ——————

    Kampman got $13.45 million for 4 sacks in 11 games over two seasons. He ain’t cryin’ about getting cut, trust me.

    The Jags have all the leverage; MJD will be at training camp or will continue to lose money and time accrued for his retirement. It’s like a child who won’t realize he’s digging himself deeper with every outburst until he’s locked in his room for the entire night. It’s time to come out and give that sniffly “I’m s-s-sorry…”

    Besides, Jennings will be a beast this year

  41. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jun 12, 2012 10:00 AM

    SMH. Writing a check for $60,000.00 to “make a statement”.

    Must be nice to light your cigars with $100 Dollar Bills.

  42. jcrileyesq says: Jun 12, 2012 10:30 AM

    dont blame mjd.. new coach mularky is going to run him into the ground with 400 plus touches facing 8 or 9 in the box on most plays because their qb sucks; he needs an increase for just pain and suffering

  43. joeinoh says: Jun 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    Negotiate with the kid. Tell him if he matches or surpasses last year’s numbers he will get a bonus.

    But…

    But if his production drops – he’s gotta pay the team back.

    Shouldn’t it go both ways?

  44. sfctyler says: Jun 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    This whole thing with MJD is a plot on his behave. The guy does not like the city of Jacksonville and wants to be traded to the West Coast. The Jaguars gave him a chance and drafted him and overlooked his height. The Jaguars and the Fans are and we’re loyal to MJD and this is how he shows his gratitude. MJD should take a lesson from a very loyal class act player that honored his contract, stayed in shape, focused on football and let everything else work itself out; FRED TAYLOR. MJD, you are assigned to the Jacksonville Jaguars and you signed a contract that has 2 years left on it. Be a Man and get your head out of your 4 points of contact, report to camp, and lead by example, and set the example. It says nowhere in your contract that you have to live in Jacksonville during the off season, you just have to play there and that is all. Everybody does not get the opportunity to make or play in the NFL, it’s an Honor. Be grateful Son.

  45. granadafan says: Jun 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    I don’t get players. They want the huge multiyear contracts for security and also to stroke their egos for the large total dollar number. Sure, at the time they may be the near the highest paid, and they can crow to Twitter and their entourages. However, these mental midgets need to understand the market and, for the NFL, it’s going up (even in a recession), meaning more money each year. The next guy is going to get more.

    If their ego can’t stand someone else getting more, then they should just sign 2 year contracts and reassess the market conditions. No more of these 4-5 year contracts. Fans are sick of players like Osi, Briggs, MJD, and especially Revis for signing massive deals only to pout about it only 2 years later. ZERO sympathy.

  46. titanryan says: Jun 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    Between MJD and Blackmon, with Gabbert the helm, this offense is set to implode.

  47. crazycane says: Jun 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    blackandtealforeal says: Jun 12, 2012 7:30 AM

    Honor your contract. No one else signed it for you.

    Owners don’t so why should the players?

  48. pierrepoint1 says: Jun 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    All Drew-Jones has to do is file his retiriement papers, and the Jaguars can’t fine him anything.

    They might be able to go after a portion of his signing bonus, but that’s it.

    Then he can tell the general manager to phone him when he’s ready to talk a new contract, or find someone else to run for 1600 yards this season.

  49. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 12, 2012 12:51 PM

    pierrepoint1, if MJD files retirement papers, he loses ALL of his salary for this year which is nearly 5 million dollars. Not to mention he’ll still be property of the Jags if/when he comes back. The NFL has specific rules around retirement to prevent players from pulling that kind of nonsense. Not for nothing but if you were planning on quiting you day job to become a player agent, you may want to reconsider.

  50. godcanfirealdavis says: Jun 12, 2012 1:11 PM

    If its so bad then why did he sign for 31 million in 2009? These holdouts are a joke.. Teams need to step up and be firm.. Make these jokers sit and lose money.. Screw em..

  51. themars211 says: Jun 12, 2012 3:01 PM

    godcanfirealdavis says:
    Jun 12, 2012 1:11 PM
    If its so bad then why did he sign for 31 million in 2009? These holdouts are a joke.. Teams need to step up and be firm.. Make these jokers sit and lose money.. Screw em..

    Thats funny….lets see how firm the owners are with a contract of someone who under performs….so according to most of you guys reasoning if a player under performs the owners don’t have to honor the contract but if he out performs said contract he should just shut up and not ask to be compensated? You guys are not logical and don’t even attempt to be. Is your hate and jealousy of these players so great that you won’t even see common sense….lol

  52. Junebug Sushi says: Jun 12, 2012 3:09 PM

    So let’s see… Josh Scobee wants a new contract, MJD wants a new contract, and our #1 draft pick gets picked up for DUI. Why do I get the feeling that it’s the same old Jaguars with just a different coat of paint. This is how we will never get respect and always be the red-headed step-child of the NFL.

    If our team wants to make a difference and starting getting the respect they deserve, then the players need to get on the ball and start working together as a team and stop being self-centered.

    I have been out of work more times than I care to count and these guys are crying of millions that I will never see in my lifetime. Get real and wake up Jags!

  53. covercorner says: Jun 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    Did the Jaguars honor Aaron Kampman’s contract?

  54. godcanfirealdavis says: Jun 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    @themars211. That’s exactly what a contracts for.. Owners do honor it..

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