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Jones-Drew claims things will “work out,” but how?

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Maurice Jones-Drew finally has spoken.  Sort of.

After weeks of silence (other than praising the Madden demo via Twitter), Jones-Drew took part in a DirecTV promotional call on Wednesday.  On the topic of his four-week-old holdout, Jones-Drew said that “things are going to work out and everything’s going to be good,” via CBSSports.com.

It’s encouraging.  We think.

Really, what does he mean?  Will things work out in Jacksonville, where Jones-Drew has stayed away because he wants a new contract and where owner Shahid Khan has said there will be no new contract?  Or will Jones-Drew be traded and paid in the process?

Unless the Jags are willing to trade Jones-Drew and unless there’s a team that is willing to give the Jags what they want and Jones-Drew what he wants, the only way this “works out and everything’s going to be good” from Jones-Drew’s perspective is if Khan doing something other than what he already  has said he won’t do:  Give Maurice more money.

And while it’s unclear whether anyone has made a specific offer to the Jags for the 2011 NFL rushing champion, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets aren’t interested because the total price is too high.  This doesn’t mean the Jets have inquired; it only means that they know enough to know that the opportunity is too rich for their liking.

Until a team is willing and able to cough up the picks and players and pennies (a whole lot of pennies) to get the deal done, Jones-Drew’s rights will remain with the Jaguars.  And this presumes that the Jags would even part ways with him.  (They haven’t said “hell no,” which could mean that under the right circumstances they’ll say, “hell yes.”)

Unless Jones-Drew knows something the rest of us don’t, chances are he was expressing optimism externally despite privately knowing that he still doesn’t know how these dominoes will fall.

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58 Responses to “Jones-Drew claims things will “work out,” but how?”
  1. wayne1693 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    Things will work out because he’s getting on the train after his hold-out crashed and burned.

  2. slowclyde86 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    He may have been conveying his plans to fire his agent. Just a thought.

  3. bbrophy1 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:01 AM

    Jets should be interested. Tannenbaum won’t survive another offseason if they miss the playoffs. Tebow needs a legitimate running back to sell the bootleg play fake. Greene won’t get it done. Sanchez needs a workhorse to take the pressure off of him as well.

  4. dryzzt23 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:03 AM

    I hope that:
    A) MJD does NOT get paid…..again
    B) He loses his radio show due to fan anger towards him
    C) someone gives him some sage advice to play out his deal and be quiet and TRY to go about his business in a classy and professional manner.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 23, 2012 10:08 AM

    I’d be willing to bet that trade feelers are very quietly taking place right now on both sides.

  6. bigbuc419 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:10 AM

    I hate to say it, but if traded to Det…instant Super Bowl!

  7. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 23, 2012 10:10 AM

    Running backs are in the depression now.

  8. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:11 AM

    Things will work out if he decides to show up. I don’t see Khan budging anytime soon.

  9. rockthered1286 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    Woody won’t talk contract with Revis. Khan won’t talk contract with MJD. Result? MJD to the Jets for Revis Island, then Khan refuses to renegotiate with Revis. Woddy refuses to renegotiate with MJD. Everyone chuckles. except Tebow.

  10. jetstizzi85 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    The Jets should absolutely talk to the Jags but NOT if the price is 2 1st rounders and more…too much to give up

  11. mjs2012 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    There’s a rumor swilling around Green Bay that he’s being traded to the Packers.

  12. jonze1 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    Im on team Jones Drew he should get paid. Hes the best complete back in the leauge. Hes finished in the top 3 rushing the last 3 years 1600, 1340 and 1391 he can block and catch out of the back field. He has fresh legs( split time with fred taylor first 3 years in the leauge.( first 2 season he caried under 160 times a year. And hes durabel, only missed 3 games over the past 6 years.

  13. floriosfuglykid2 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    Does that mean he’s going to try to scrape by on his measely $4,5000,000 salary? My heart bleeds for him.

  14. djstat says: Aug 23, 2012 10:21 AM

    MJD has ZERO leverage. He has two years on his contract. He is 28. The Jags will want a minimum of a 2nd rounder for him and the new team will also have to give him an extention. He will not be traded. The Jags will simply wait it out.

    For all you dreamers out there, dreaming he is coming to your team (Detroit) he IS NOT COMING

  15. tommccrossin says: Aug 23, 2012 10:25 AM

    If owners are able to cut players for underperformance compared to their contract, players shouldn’t be ridiculed for overperforming and expecting a new deal. But, I guess the ones that are worth billions of dollars are the one’s with the most leverage

  16. illadelphiasphinest says: Aug 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    These NFL players are all divas. They complain about job security when they dont have a multiple year contract. Then when they get it, a year or two into it they comlpain they are underpaid. Like grow up and honor your contract. Play out your contract that YOU signed and be happy. You are making millions n millions of dollers to play a game!!

  17. randyschwimmer7 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:27 AM

    I think that @touchdownroddywhite is correct. The Jags and MJD’s agent are fielding phone calls and working out what will be best for the Jags and what MJD can get if he goes to a new team. There are not many teams that have the cap room for the hit it would take to land MJD. You also never know, the Jags could be seeking two first round picks.

  18. i10east says: Aug 23, 2012 10:29 AM

    Detroit, New England etc keep on dreaming about my Jags trading MJD to your team. Just like cities like San Antonio, Portland, OKC etc getting a NFL team any time soon keep on dreaming….

  19. sourwine15 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:30 AM

    Could you imagine being the GM of the Jets if MJD went there?

    You’d have Revis and MJD swapping hold-out techniques and then holding out every other year – nightmare.

    Come back to Jax, MJD… we love you. Remember though, if you love someone set them free. If they take to long to come back, find a replacement.

  20. shackdelrio says: Aug 23, 2012 10:31 AM

    If he doesn’t report by next week, he will start missing game checks, could face a fine of close to a million dollars and would begin to owe the team prorated signing bonus money back. How will it work out? When Jones-Drew realizes how much this idiotic holdout is costing him. Not to mention, he will likely not start that first game.

  21. jagfan8030 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    He will report to the jags Friday or this weekend

  22. bluemetal40 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the Jets traded Tebow for MJD? Unfortunately for Tebow if this happened, it would be an uphill battle to win the starting job in Jax now, too.

  23. skilz22 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    “I hate to say it, but if traded to Det…instant Super Bowl!”

    I think they need some instant DB’s first…

  24. soxfan80 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:36 AM

    Trade him to the Pats and move the team to LA already.

  25. jacobslatter says: Aug 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Trading MJD to those Atlanta Falcons makes the most sense as his former OC Dirk Koetter is there doing his thing. The Falcons love 2nd year RB Jacquizz Rodgers so a trade for ground & pound back Michael Turner plus a draft pick for MJD would be doable if it wasn’t for the Falcons current salary cap situation (read: not much space).

  26. tcostant says: Aug 23, 2012 10:44 AM

    Tail meet legs. He’ll come back with his tail between his legs and play for only $5 million, that’s how!

  27. beavertonsteve says: Aug 23, 2012 10:47 AM

    Come to camp, sign a fake Donovan McNabb extension, tell everyone you got what you wanted and play football till the Jags release you in 2014.

  28. wittersworld says: Aug 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    “Unless Jones-Drew knows something the rest of us don’t…”

    Of course he knows something we don’t. He has known for quite some time that the new contract was not going to happen, so his plan has been to extend the holdout until the last week of the preseason just to send a message.

    Mark my words: He’ll report on Saturday or Sunday this week.

    If he stays gone any longer, then he starts losing game checks, in addition to reducing the chance that the training camp fines ($900K and counting) are forgiven. That means the holdout becomes dramatically more expensive to him.

  29. northshorejag says: Aug 23, 2012 10:51 AM

    I really don’t understand the hardline approach form the mgmt on this one. New owner who seems to be a good and new coaching staff already getting some dividends out of Gabbert. This could have been a feel good story for the team. Much like when Tomlinson chose to stay on a 1 and 15 Chargers team when his contract expired

    He’s got two years at 9 million left.
    Fine
    roll both years into this year guaranteed
    next year 9 million guaranteed
    club option years 3 thru 5 at 10 million
    done

  30. mortimeryoung says: Aug 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    It’s possible that he realized weeks ago that he wasn’t going to get any more money, but still figured that staying home was better than dealing with training camp.

  31. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    Everybody should have to moonwalk after practice and on game day coming out of the tunnel HE HEE

  32. jonze1 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:14 AM

    To put this all in perspective Jones drew is 26 (not 28) same age as Adrian Peterson (Adrian is actually 2 days older) Peterson has had more injuries and more caries to this point in his career. Jones is going in to his 7 season Peterson in to his 6. so the idea that Jones drew is old is ridiculous. sports are a business first, so Jones Drew has every right to try to revive fair market value for his services. His production makes him the best back over the last 3 years.

  33. jdubkc says: Aug 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    Favorite Player in the NFL.

  34. noreasterforlife says: Aug 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    1) He’s already been paid with a front loaded contract. Keep quiet and play.
    2) This is sweet revenge for the owner because of MDJ calling the owners and the commisioner liars during the hold out negotiations on the radio.
    3) I appreciate his skills, but the NFL is changing and RB’s are a dime a dozen.
    4) I forsee a horrible season for MDJ if he does come back at all. You need that training camp to get conditioned inorder to play at top level. Case in point, the contract hold out by Chris Johnson fo the Titans and his season after he signed.

  35. pacodawg says: Aug 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    Why can’t players just honor the contract they sign? They wouldnt give the money back if they stunk.

  36. banvard316 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Seems simple enough….show up and play!

  37. noreasterforlife says: Aug 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    My bad on getting his initials mixed up. MJD.

  38. joetoronto says: Aug 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    He’ll be traded very soon and when he does, Jags fans will STILL side with Kahn.

    Why?

    Because they can’t see what’s happening, even though it’s happening right in front of their eyes.

    Big time Kahn job.

  39. drew1969 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    Maybe MJD would be better served if he stopped addressing the owner as KHAN!!!

  40. vikesfansteve says: Aug 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    Let’s see, he has already been paid 21 million dollars on a contract that was already restructured to pay him more money and he will get another 9 million the next 2 years. The average salary in Fl is 40k and he wants sympathy from people? You have got to be joking. He has raked up 900k in fines already for missing camp. MJD is going to be SOL.

  41. granadafan says: Aug 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    I love MJD and followed his career since he starred at De La Salle High School. I’ve been thrilled with his success in the NFL as he had a lot of doubters given his size. That said, he’s in the wrong here on the contract. He has absolutely lived up to the contract, which was massive when he signed it. However, he took huge up front money with the agreement that less money would be paid in the latter years. Simple math. If he wants more money, he’s cheating the team.

  42. jagsallday says: Aug 23, 2012 11:59 AM

    Its all about media attention Jones Drew is a great running back and everything will workout fine. The Jags are a younger organization that needs all the attention they can get. People did not respect the jags in years. Now the Jags look to be going in the right direction. We have the rushing champ and a passing threat with Gabbert and Blackmon. The Jags will have a larger fan base after this because the train is leaving comment was for all the Jag haters. I am all in. Lets Go Jags!!!!!

  43. smack1114 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:01 PM

    This hold out might cost him 1 million. I wonder if that’s how much more he wanted?

  44. shackdelrio says: Aug 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    “joetoronto says:
    Aug 23, 2012 11:40 AM
    He’ll be traded very soon and when he does, Jags fans will STILL side with Kahn.

    Why?

    Because they can’t see what’s happening, even though it’s happening right in front of their eyes.

    Big time Kahn job.”

    Keep pretending like you know what is going on…

  45. racksie says: Aug 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    I have a feeling this holdout is going to end right around the same time as training camp. It probably was a legitimate holdout. And it definitely looks to be a ploy to miss training camp. Not necessarily a new tactic in the NFL. Or he waits until week ten and gets on the train. But he is going to remain the rights of the Jaguars. If he doesn’t like that, he should have thought further ahead when he signed his contract. And he should remember that his reputation will proceed him, wherever this mess takes him, further down the tracks.

  46. dspyank2k11 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:15 PM

    In the NFL when someone says “its going to work out” that means something is going to happen… good or bad.

  47. jagsfansince95 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:31 PM

    I know Jim Irsay’s tweets are usually meaningless and just plain weird, most of the time. However, I also know that they usually have double meanings on purpose. So, I’m hoping his latest tweet, “TRADE WINDS BLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” simply means it’s windy wherever he happens to be and nothing to do with a possible trade for MJD. Any team but the Colts.

  48. telergy says: Aug 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    If the Jags were smart they’d trade him for as much as they can get NOW.

    1. RBs are a dime a dozen. The league is moving more to a 2 back system and you can easily find quality in 2nd or 3rd rounds.

    2. he has a ton of mileage already. sell him for a couple high picks and rebuild the team faster

    3. you werent good with him, you will be better off selling him for multiple picks and/or players

    4. the team is more than confident in rashad jennings taking over the role.

    Just cut your losses like CIN and capitalize on an ageing, overrun back to rebuild your franchise. Forget the nastalgia factor, and loyalty. it doesnt exist anymore in this age and time. NFL is a business….sell MJD while hes “perceived” hot and rebuild for the future.

  49. ruthlssjag says: Aug 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    People, lets take a look at some FACTS:

    Khan: ALL the leverage
    MoJo: NO leverage

    It’s very simple, seeking a trade for MoJo’s services is not as easy as it sounds, Jets/Lions/Packers.
    He’s setting himself up to make 3.5 mill (1 mill less in fines) if coach Mularkey decides for it. That’s a hefty price to pay for a holdout. Now being a rookie Owner has it’s DO;s & DO NOTs, but he’s come through on EVERYTHING he said we was going to do (might I add in less than a year, 8 months to be exact). Say what you will, but I believe anything Khan has to say because he’s proved himself, & everyone should as well to the highest degree.
    MoJo will remain a Jag, I personally believe the fine’s will be waived, & the team will welcome him back with open arm’s, “including” Owner Khan.

    Life throws curve balls at you every here & there, some good /some bad. MJD was 12 months too early for such drama, which ultimately only hurt himself. There’s a great thing going on here in Jax, & MJD will be apart of it. Case Closed!!

  50. lajmahal says: Aug 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    They are going to do what the Eagles did with Mcnabb a few years back.. Just give him a raise.

    I predict instead of 2 years 9.5 million he’ll get 2 years 14 million.

  51. electionconfidential says: Aug 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    jonze1 says:
    Aug 23, 2012 11:14 AM
    To put this all in perspective Jones drew is 26 (not 28)
    ———————————

    You’re both wrong. He’s 27. Birth date is March 23, 1985. Peterson is also 27.

    MJD’s current fines for being a no-show equal $840K…. starting to be real money even for him.

  52. beavertonsteve says: Aug 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    Marshall Faulk in his prime went for a 2nd round draft pick (which ended up being pick #64).

    That’s not a whole lot of return on investment if you ask me…

  53. suhisabeast90 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:55 PM

    I’m not saying it will happen or they even want him but………..Cliff Avril wants a long term deal. Trade Avril and pick for MJD. Give him a 2 year extension and finally have a real HB on the team. Jacksonville gets Avril cheap and a pick. Sounds good, but will never happen. Pittsburgh has a better chance flipping Wallace for him.

  54. mancave001 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:31 PM

    jonze1 says:
    Aug 23, 2012 10:17 AM
    Im on team Jones Drew he should get paid. Hes the best complete back in the leauge. Hes finished in the top 3 rushing the last 3 years 1600, 1340 and 1391 he can block and catch out of the back field. He has fresh legs( split time with fred taylor first 3 years in the leauge.( first 2 season he caried under 160 times a year. And hes durabel, only missed 3 games over the past 6 years.
    =================

    Uh, he IS getting paid to the tune of about $4.5 million a year for two years. This isn’t some rookie contract at $500,000 a year. I don’t care what he’s done…he’s got two years left where he’ll make nearly $10 million total. He has no justification to hold out. As for his production, great…but it hasn’t helped the Jags be a good team, has it?

  55. nflfollower says: Aug 23, 2012 5:22 PM

    As a realistic lions fan, they probably can’t afford him. I would be willing to let KVB go tho to make room, and if Reiff pans out, get rid of backus next year. Both aging, and eating cap space big time.

  56. jonze1 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:25 PM

    Uh, he IS getting paid to the tune of about $4.5 million a year for two years. This isn’t some rookie contract at $500,000 a year. I don’t care what he’s done…he’s got two years left where he’ll make nearly $10 million total. He has no justification to hold out. As for his production, great…but it hasn’t helped the Jags be a good team, has it?

    ==================================
    we live in a capitalist society and football is a business. If MJD production states he is a top 3 back then he should be paid fair market value regardless if he just signed a contract. This idea of fair market value goes both ways, when players under perform in a contract and they are no longer worth the money they are getting paid those players are cut by their respective teams.

  57. covercorner says: Aug 23, 2012 11:03 PM

    Khan is moving the Jaguars to Pakistan.

  58. zeeman911 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:13 AM

    They should teach bros from the hood that when you put your name on something you have to honor it. Try and have a little bit of class even though your from the concrete jungle……

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