With a week to go before the season starts, Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey still doesn’t know if his best player is coming.
When reporters asked Mularkey about rumors that running back Maurice Jones-Drew was ready to end his holdout and report to the team, Mularkey said he’s not interested in hearing rumors. He’s interested in hearing directly from Jones-Drew. And he hasn’t.
“I have not heard from Maurice,” Mularkey said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’ve heard those same things just like you have, but nothing from the people [Jones-Drew or his agent].”
Mularkey said the Jaguars haven’t decided whether Jones-Drew would play in the opener if he reported this weekend.
“That’s hasn’t come up, that discussion. We’ve got to get him in first. He’s got to come in. We’’ll go from there. That has not been addressed yet,” Mularkey said.
If Jones-Drew continues his holdout into the regular season, he’ll give up $261,765 a week, or one-seventeenth of his base salary of $4.45 million. That’s a lot of money, but considering that Jones-Drew has already incurred more than $1 million in fines for skipping 38 days of work so far, Jones-Drew may be willing to lose even more money in his quest to convince the Jaguars to pay him more money.