Jaguars owner has no regrets about handling of Maurice Jones-Drew

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If Jaguars owner Shad Khan angered his best player by taking public shots at Maurice Jones-Drew’s holdout, he doesn’t care.

Khan said today that when he said the “train is leaving the station” without Jones-Drew, he was just giving his candid opinion of the situation.

I want to be honest and truthful,” Khan said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “I have absolutely no regrets.”

It’s looking increasingly likely that Jones-Drew’s holdout could continue into the regular season. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has declared Rashad Jennings the starter for Week One against the Vikings, and Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith said today that the Jaguars are not considering trading Jones-Drew.

It says a lot about the declining importance of the running back position in the NFL that other teams don’t appear to be clamoring to get Smith to consider trading Jones-Drew. The NFL’s reigning rushing leader is a player who’s probably going to be stuck playing for a team he’s butting heads with, and for a salary he doesn’t like.

100 responses to “Jaguars owner has no regrets about handling of Maurice Jones-Drew

  1. M.J.D. has no leverage whatsoever. He doesn’t bring in extra fans (because with him they didn’t draw fans). Also, he doesn’t threaten the Jags run at the postseason, because they are awful with or without him. (zero leverage)

  2. Its almost comical how badly MJD overplayed his hand here. If I were khan, not only would I not give him a raise, I would make it very clear that Im not removing ANY of his fines for holding out. If MJD thought $7 mil was too low this year, lets see what he thinks about making $0???

    This team will be just fine, or just as bad with or without MJD.

  3. These contract issues kill me. When the team signs a player, they want them to do well and the palyer also wants to do well.

    To hear someone outplayed their contact is BS. They didn’t sign to a contact in hopes they play average. For a team to get rid of someone becuase they didn’t meet their expectations also isnt fair, the player has a contract.

    Both sides need to sack it up until the end of the contract.

  4. Team was going to be terrible anyway. Why should he pay his this outrageous sum of money when the trend in the league isn’t at that position? And, I’m not a Jags fan. Take it.

  5. Actually, doesn’t appear he’ll be playing for a team he’s butting heads with, and won’t be getting a salary he doesn’t like. Hope he saved up some of that signing bonus money.

  6. I applaud Mr. Kahn for taking a stand. Play out your contract and we’ll sit down and talk. You signed the damned thing, time to man up.

  7. Well MJD is scheduled to make $4,450,000 in 2012. Thats only $261,764.70 per paycheck based upon the 17 weeks that they get paid over. Remember the “bye” week. Most logical people would kill for 17 paychecks like that one. But not these guys, as GREED once again shows its ugly head. These guys really disgust most fans.

  8. He’ll blink on Monday following week 1 b/c he won’t be getting a check.
    The problem is that his contract was front-loaded so he has financial resources to tide him over,plus his ego is huge enough for him to think he actually deserves a new contract.

    I back Khan on this one.

  9. Five years for 30 million isn’t good enough? Average of 6 million a year. We love you MJD but we’re going to be the 2012 AFC South champs with or without you. Houston always disappoints, no Peyton in Indy, and Tennessee can’t get out of their own way. Stop chopping wood and get on the train!

  10. Khan reminds me of Dan Snyder when he came on the scene, only Snyder’s always been a bit more press savvy. Good luck with him, Jags fans!

    And MoJo? Major props your way.

    -Titans Fan

  11. FINALLY!

    A team stood up for themselves when a player was whining for more money!

    I know he is their best player and all, but they are the Jags at the end of the day, he isn’t their missing SB piece.

    I love MJD & all, but I say let him walk and am happy for the Jags.

  12. leading rusher is garnering NO PHONE CALLS????

    There are at least 5 teams out there with one skill position away from a playoff run, its insanity not to go after MJD.

    Jacksonville will take Tebow and Holmes, BAM.. Jets make the playoffs!

  13. dclogicatlast says:
    Aug 29, 2012 5:56 PM
    Running back aren’t that important in flag football.
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    This has the most truth

  14. Am the only one who didn’t get the flap over Khan’s comments about the train leaving the station? The owner wants his star player back but is willing to go on without him – big surprise.

  15. chuckxx says:
    Aug 29, 2012 6:03 PM
    Well MJD is scheduled to make $4,450,000 in 2012. Thats only $261,764.70 per paycheck based upon the 17 weeks that they get paid over. Remember the “bye” week. Most logical people would kill for 17 paychecks like that one. But not these guys, as GREED once again shows its ugly head. These guys really disgust most fans.
    ++++++++
    What most fans don’t understand is that comparing themselves and their salaries to NFL players is moronic. If you, as an employee, were in the top 1% of all the people in your profession, I think you’d want to be highly paid as well.

  16. Maybe things would work out better for him if he didn’t have a hyphenated last name. Is he married and didn’t want to take his maiden name?

  17. Cliff Avril and a #2 and he is yours Detroit. Being both a Jags fan (where I have lived for 7 years now) and a Lions fan (born and raised) I would be happy all around.

    Mojo—go back and check your tweets, when the Jags drafted Blackmon

    “Maurice Jones-Drew ‏@Jones_Drew32

    Congratulations to justin blackmon welcome!!!!! Now let’s get to work…”

    Time to get to work Mojo!

  18. Step one: Build time machine.
    Step two: When idiot agent starts advising that a holdout will get the contract re-done, fire the agent.
    Step three: Show up in shape and on time to camp and try to show why there should be a big contract in the FUTURE.

    Oops… Too late.

    Winning?!?

  19. @dmercer3:
    There are at least 5 teams out there with one skill position away from a playoff run, its insanity not to go after MJD.

    They can’t “go after” him. Have you not been paying attention. Jones-Drew is under contract. He can’t go anywhere unless the Jaguars trade him, and they won’t.

  20. Why are we clowning on a guy who has neen one of the top rbs for years. He isnt a one year wonder, hes worked hard for it.
    Because how much the league generates, it gives players all the rights to ask what they feel they deserve. Complaining about a guy who makes millions and wants to make more is jealousy pure and simple. Let the guy set up himself and his children for their entire lives.

  21. Just a thought here. I wonder if Jones-Drew is hurt. He and the team could be using this time to let him heal. but, say that he is holding out. like I said, just a thought

  22. Khan comes across more and more like the stereotypical rich, arrogant and inconsiderate owner who cares about one thing and one thing only: $.

    He obviously could care less about anything else. He has no loyalty to any player on his team and could care less. The player is expected to be loyal to the owner and the team, but that favor and good will is not reciprocated.

    While MJD doesn’t have any leverage here I can see his point, and I would likely do the same thing if you could afford it financially.

    If the owner refuses to give you even an ounce of respect and treats you like a 2 year old, then they can screw off. Khan obviously thinks the team is all about him, and that players don’t matter. Fine, let’s see him get out there and win games for his team then.

    It wouldn’t be that hard for Khan to simply stop trying to publicly disrespect MJD at every turn and expect that MJD will have any interest in returning to play for a team that disrespects him at every turn.

    MJD kept his laundry private, Khan wants to publically embarass MJD at all costs. Stick it to the man MJD!

  23. jagwar73…..you are hilarious (and delusional) There is NO WAY your team wins the division this year. Houston always disappoints? Yea, it was such a disappointment we won the division and a play-off game with our third string rookie quarterback last year.

  24. He now needs to go back, but I think it’s waste of time to talk about what he should have done with his contract in hindsight.

    However, I felt that he should have let her help out because if the fine for every day missed is $30,000 and the fine total is exceeding $900000 it is a bigger loss for him; especially as he’s getting older.

    He probably will not get a more money because of this. We have to take a page out of the NBA CBA, the player option clause. This helps NBA players become free agents during their contracts. If NFL players had this we would have no holdouts; however the player can’t get the franchise tag because they forfeited their contract for freedom and more potential pay.

  25. MOJO and his agent made the cardinal sin of confusing “talent” with “leverage” in this case.

    If the Jags were coming off a 12-4 season and were a Super Bowl favorite then the Jags might be in a bind right now. The problem is, as the old adadge goes “we lost with you so we can lose without you”. Jags are going nowhere this year and everyone knows it. Given the new owner single handedly kept the franchise from moving, I would assume he still has enough goodwill with the fans that he won’t be given a hard time for taking a hard line.

  26. The guys taken a beating the last few years, he’s older, the Jags don’t figure to contend so why give in to his demands. Watch Jennings go for 1200 yds.

  27. He will be traded or working by week 4. Nobody wants to throw away that kind of money, he will report, after swallowing his sizable pride.

    And khan doesn’t care, it saves him money and the Jags weren’t going to win this year anyway.

  28. The fact is this guy signed a 6 year 30 million dollar contract extension with plenty of up front money – to see him clamor for a new deal is pathetic (I know he’s a little “under paid” as of late, but not that much). Can’t believe this guy thinks he can get away with this and I’m glad the owner is sticking it to him. This is not a case of the best runner in the NFL barely making a million per season here.

  29. Forte ignored his agent, signed and happy. MJD still listening to his agent (same as Forte’s), sidelined, disgruntled and getting fined $1,000s ea day.

    Didn’t MJD give Culter sh#t for quitting on his team? I guess if Cutler would have held out for money , that would’ve gotten the MJD seal of approval.

  30. If the new owner wants a reputation for not taking any guff he’s going about it perfectly. MJD could be his “warning shot”. A warning shot is when you kill one guy and let it be a warning to others. Khan still has a rather poor team. What does he have to lose if MJD turns his earnings back in for a while or forever for that matter… It’s a frame of mind.

  31. u will when no 1 comes to jags game because he is the only player to watch on that team

  32. He shouldn’t be ‘handling’ him at all. Didnt that guy from Penn State get in trouble for the crap??

  33. He shouldn’t be ‘handling’ him at all. Didnt that guy from Penn State get in trouble for that crap??

  34. “MJD will show up in week 10 to punch his timecard for the year.

    Unless the other backs are injured the team will have moved on long before then.”

    How much will the fine be by then. Is it 30,000 per day, per game day or just 30,000 per camp day?

  35. Cliff Avril and a #2 and he is yours Detroit. Being both a Jags fan (where I have lived for 7 years now) and a Lions fan (born and raised) I would be happy all around.

    ============

    Lolz… RB <<<< DE these days in the NFL. MJD isn't worth an even trade for a great DE. Fantasy football has corrupted us fans to continue to overvalue them.

    The Lions couldn't pay MJD anyway, given their salary cap situation, but they would be out of their minds to trade away their young, quality DE for a RB nearing the downside of his career and pissy about ownership not tripping over themselves to tear up his contract since he "outplayed" it. BS. Show me the player who offered to give money paid for a underplayed contract.

  36. bobby2478
    You should read something about Khan. He’s the antithesis of Snyder, who might well have thrown a $100 million contract MJD’s way like he did so often in the redskins recent glory days.
    But you may be right about one thing, he may not care about one player, certainly not one he’s never met, one none of the new coaches have never met, one who has contributed nothing to the team’s progress since he’s taken ownership. That’s apparently not the business style Khan is familiar with. He’s not going to allow one player to extort him or the team.

  37. @bodester:

    eff urself. MJD changed his name to Jones-Drew from Maurice Drew upon the death of his grandfather. Get a clue before you spew your stereotypical rants.

  38. One player does not a team make. Last year proved that.
    Everyone gets it, MJD is mad and wants more money. You made your point, now man up and show up.
    I am more interested in getting the refs contracts situated at this point. The team will move on with or without him.

  39. Passing league and here comes Blaine. 120+ passer rating in the preseason… True it doesn’t matter but it’s better than a 76. Come back and be a part of the three headed monster MoJo! I’d trade you for a first-rounder but they’re even more valued now. If I’m only getting a second or third anyway, I might as well just trade you after the season and before the draft. You can’t beat the system MJD! This isn’t the NBA.

  40. Dont forget the $3.5 million bonus in addition to his salary for this year.
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    chuckxx says:
    Aug 29, 2012 6:03 PM
    Well MJD is scheduled to make $4,450,000 in 2012. Thats only $261,764.70 per paycheck based upon the 17 weeks that they get paid over. Remember the “bye” week. Most logical people would kill for 17 paychecks like that one. But not these guys, as GREED once again shows its ugly head. These guys really disgust most fans.
    ++++++++
    What most fans don’t understand is that comparing themselves and their salaries to NFL players is moronic. If you, as an employee, were in the top 1% of all the people in your profession, I think you’d want to be highly paid as well.

  41. The real problem is Khan keeps inviting MJD over for some “dump-in-a-pan”, his favorite dish. So I heard.

  42. I support MJD

    The owners make waaay more than any player.
    & have fans pay for the stadium.

    MJD has been the best employee the Jags have had recently.
    Then they pay Laurent Robinson more when he has proven nothing.

    Put yourself in MJD’s shoes
    & imagine you were the best,
    most productive employee at your job
    & then they hired someone new
    & paid them more.

    How would you feel?

  43. I’m still wondering how they are going to collect the fines if he never shows up. If they trade him must the new team pay the fines or does he get to skid on the fines?

  44. Just can’t believe people still talk about players honoring contracts when teams don’t. When Cooley got cut nobody said the Skins should honor the contract! It doesn’t matter if he signed a contract yesterday. His value is now 8 mil a year. Fine if you don’t want to pay it trade him! But if you won’t pay MJD who will you pay? Good luck with free agents! This owner is being very short sighted!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  45. As I recall MJD did not complain when he got that huge bonus when he signed is contract guaranteeing him a huge payout. Now honor your contract by playing, then, once u played out contract u can negotiate a new one. That’s what’s wrong with players they think they’re getting less salary than other players at the same position but they forget that they received a huge bonus up front when they signed their contract a few years back. They’re so greedy.

  46. If MHWho wants to make some mo $. See if he can rush the passer! There is where we have a real need! A running back who can get wide and catch a pass and not get caught from behind…..we got that covered!

     

  47. MHWho wants to make some mo $. See if he can rush the passer! There is where we have a real need! A running back who can get wide and catch a pass and not get caught from behind…..we got that covered! MJWho always plays against 8 in the box because they know he can’t get wide. He is a one trick pony that needs to be sent to the glue factory.

  48. I live in the Jacksonville area, and have met MJD several times. Its amazing how his attitude has changed from his rookie year to now. Used to be a personable guy who was totally fan friendly. Now he will slight the fans any chance he gets. All 3 Jaguar fans that are there for a random Jags practice. This guy has become a head case.

  49. ballboy48 says:
    Aug 29, 2012 7:36 PM
    It’ll matter when the Jags are losing and Khan is losing a ton of money, because fans aren’t showing up!
    ***************************************************
    Exactly.

    All these Jags fans are so shortsighted, we’ll see when the season starts.

  50. unhipcat

    I think you’re right about Khan not caring about any of the players on his team. I’m sure he feels that since he owns the team his employees should grovel at his feet and he doesn’t need or have any inclination of giving them even 1 ounce of respect.

    That’s his prerogative as owner.

    However look at wildly successful teams. They win because the culture of the team is about more then players simply showing up for a paycheck. They feel almost like a family that fights through the whole season TOGETHER. That common sense of unity is what Khan doesn’t seem to appreciate, and is why his team won’t be very successful regardless of what players are getting paid.

    I’m not saying he should cave into MJD’s contract, but he could have handled this situation behind closed doors and in a much more professional manner then he’s done to point.

    Don’t think FAs who see this display will want to come to town and play for him. If he won’t afford their best player any respect, how do you think he’ll treat anyone else?

  51. “Sometimes I guess its good to hurt these NFL players big egos.Yes it hurts when the man that writes the checks says, “I dont care”…Kinda awesome!”
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    So you’re saying if your boss where you work didn’t show you any respect and said “I don’t care, get back to work”, that you wouldn’t have any hard feelings towards your boss? Would you still go back to work every day for a boss who doesn’t pay you what you’re worth and doesn’t value as a contributor to the team?

    Easy to say MJD should suck it up because he makes a lot more then you. If you were in the same situation I don’t think you’d be so quick to jump back to work for a boss that doesn’t care if you are there or not because you don’t matter.

  52. The Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL. That’s why they have to cover thousands of seats with tarps. Nobody wants to sit in them, even for free!

  53. How does Jacksonville justify NOT paying MJD more money?

    Laurent Robinson had 54 receptions last year and was given a 5 year, $32 mil contract after being the the fourth option behind Miles, Dez, and Witten.

    MJD has 43 receptions.

    AND 1600 yards rushing as the #1 dude carrying the team in Jax on a 5 year $30 mil contract.

    Pay the man! The Jaguars are $40 million under the salary cap.

  54. ——————————————-
    tessluvsfootball says: Aug 29, 2012 6:14 PM

    How much longer can he afford to hold out? If he’s being fined $30,000 a day the meter is running.

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    Um… afford?

    I doubt the guy is living paycheck-to-paycheck…

  55. dmercer3, there are problems with your suggestion. (1) Whoever trades for MJD must also satisfy his contract demands. He’s clearly priced out of the market as is. Trebly so, at this late date, with budgets already set. Who’s got both the cap room and the desire to spend the money? After you’ve narrowed it down to legitimate contenders, nobody’s left. (2) What would it take to convince the Jags to let him go? More than it makes sense to pay, given his age and mileage. Sure, he may be as durable as Sweetness or Emmitt, but I wouldn’t bet my team’s future on it.

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