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Jones-Drew holdout was a lose-lose for player, owner

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Reactions have been rolling in since Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew ended his 38-day holdout by showing up with apparently no inducement or concession by the team — not even a full or partial waiver of seven figures in fines.  Even though he claims he has no regrets, Jones-Drew clearly lost the stare-down with owner Shahid Khan.

Multiple league sources have stated the obvious in that regard.  Players, agents, executives, etc. realize that player and owner hunkered down with their respective positions, and the player caved.

But while it was a win for owner Shahid Khan, he didn’t emerge from the exchange unscathed.  By talking tough publicly regarding one of the NFL’s best players, Khan could make it harder for the Jaguars to secure free agents when the money being offered by two or more teams is close.  And so the Jags may have to throw in some extra cash to secure the services of a player for whom there is a competitive market.

So while Khan eventually won the battle, both sides lost the broader war.  And perhaps the only winners will be other owners who will benefit from the fact that players contemplating a holdout in the future with one or more years left on their current deals will have the memory of the Jones-Drew debacle fresh in their memories.

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22 Responses to “Jones-Drew holdout was a lose-lose for player, owner”
  1. txxxchief says: Sep 3, 2012 4:01 PM

    I consider a contract to be the same as my word. I’ lived up to every one I ever signed, even of the terms were not ideal for me.

  2. i10east says: Sep 3, 2012 4:03 PM

    Blah blah blah, anything Jax + national sports media= doom and gloom….

  3. datageek94 says: Sep 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    If the Jags don’t get to sign a free agent to a four year contract where the player demands front-loaded money, then plans on holding out for a new contract after two years, they’re better off.

    I’m glad owner Shahid Khan held his ground.

  4. redandgoldenbears says: Sep 3, 2012 5:59 PM

    The jags will be obscure for a loooong time with this owner

  5. flsnupe says: Sep 3, 2012 5:59 PM

    txxxchief says:
    Sep 3, 2012 4:01 PM
    I consider a contract to be the same as my word. I’ lived up to every one I ever signed, even of the terms were not ideal for me.
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    Thats great that you do that, but in the NFL contracts are broken and redone basically every day. Owners do it to players by asking for a pay reduction, and players hold out for better deals. When you provide a service that is providing greater value, you will be stupid not to approach the person for an adjustment. Have you never asked for a raise? lol

  6. jimmylions says: Sep 3, 2012 6:32 PM

    Owners demand pay cuts from players all the time. That door should either be locked shut to both parties, or swing both ways.

    I’m sure Jerry Jones and many of the other owners see Khan as a hero; however, this will definitely impact Jacksonville’s ability to recruit free agent talent and retain veteran players.

    Khan’s got a lot of behind-the-scenes kissing up to do with his employees if he wants any of them to stay – but he may not care.

  7. dldavidlong says: Sep 3, 2012 6:33 PM

    not so sure MJD lost as bad as most think. all he has to do fake an injury or not play through an injury that he would normally of done. collecting a paycheck from the bench saving wear and tear on his body so he will be able to play beyond his current contract.

  8. normdogg says: Sep 3, 2012 6:50 PM

    dldavidlong says:
    Sep 3, 2012 6:33 PM
    not so sure MJD lost as bad as most think. all he has to do fake an injury or not play through an injury that he would normally of done. collecting a paycheck from the bench saving wear and tear on his body so he will be able to play beyond his current contract.
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    He won’t get much of a contract if teams think he got injured.

  9. markbul says: Sep 3, 2012 6:55 PM

    Five years ago, the same people were saying that no one would want to play for the Patriots because they wouldn’t give players big contracts. How did that work out? The Patriots just keep winning.

    If I’m an owner, I don’t want players who think they can hold out and get over on me. Kahn did exactly the right thing – he laid down the law.

    By the way – Dan Snyder is famous for something, and it’s not winning football games. Do players really want to go to Washington and lose? Or go to Green Bay or New England and win? You can have the guys who care more about every last dollar than winning.

  10. browns19 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:39 PM

    dldavidlong says:Sep 3, 2012 6:33 PM

    not so sure MJD lost as bad as most think. all he has to do fake an injury or not play through an injury that he would normally of done. collecting a paycheck from the bench saving wear and tear on his body so he will be able to play beyond his current contract.

    *************************************

    While clearly not the same caliber RB as MJD, let’s not forget how this strategy worked out for Peyton Hillis in free agency. Doesn’t seem owners/GM’s look favorably upon it.

  11. KIR says: Sep 3, 2012 7:40 PM

    Has Drew agent ever negotiated a ground breakingd Big Win deal that change the pay scale for his client like the deals for AP, Chris Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald?

    Drew needs to seriously consider a new agent because his agent didn’t negotiate a deal which had an escape clause or incentives for outperforming his contract. This was Drews last chance to get a big deal. In two years, they’ll either cut him our he’ll be playing for league minimum. They are going to run him into the ground these next two years.

  12. fbnetjunky says: Sep 3, 2012 7:41 PM

    It’s laughable that people think no fa’s will want to come to jax next year. All they are going to be to be concerned with is the $$, and what they need to do to reach their incentives.

  13. fdugrad says: Sep 3, 2012 7:52 PM

    Txxxchief: I agree with you about NFL contracts. When a player signs a contract, the only meaningful number is the guaranteed amount. This is what the player will surely be paid. Anything in addition may or may not be sent to the man who signed on the line. Owners opt out on contracts all the time. The agreement is only a one way one, so in actual money and promises, the contract is a bunch of lies, no matter how “bonded by his name” the player feels.

  14. jagswag72 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:38 PM

    Oh yeah, I’m sure no free agents will want to come to JAX next season because they are worried about what the owner says…I thought no free agents would come because Blaine Gabbert was their QB or Jacksonville doesnt support its team or the team has to take a trip to London or whatever lame reason you can think up.
    The fact is a free agent won’t give 2 seconds of thought into whether Khan said anything about MJD’s holdout…really stretching here dude.

  15. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 3, 2012 8:41 PM

    markbul says:Sep 3, 2012 6:55 PM

    Five years ago, the same people were saying that no one would want to play for the Patriots because they wouldn’t give players big contracts. How did that work out? The Patriots just keep winning.
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    Yeah, well…there’s the trouble. Any team (not just the Jags) who hasn’t dominated in recent years would probably have to win a few Super Bowls before they get that benefit of the doubt the Pats get, such that guys are willing to play there for less. They are in the middle of their “proven winner” years.

    If you’re a small market team especially, just trying to get back to the playoffs after an absence, you’re usually going to have to pony up more.

  16. mancave001 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:06 PM

    jimmylions says:

    Khan’s got a lot of behind-the-scenes kissing up to do with his employees if he wants any of them to stay – but he may not care.
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    Welcome to bizarro world, everyone. Kahn earned respect and Jones Drew lost it. That’s reality.

  17. mancave001 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:10 PM

    The conclusion that this was lose-lose is something I totally disagree with. It was lose-lose for Jones-Drew and Jones-Drew only. Kahn sent a message that he wasn’t going to be toyed with, and meant business. Jones-Drew came off like a whining, spoiled child who got a front-loaded deal and was still complaining about $4.5 million a year. No team will touch him now if he even gets to free agency while in his prime.

  18. sbdt says: Sep 3, 2012 11:29 PM

    If this level of coverage continues then we’re all losers.

  19. applecool1981 says: Sep 4, 2012 1:23 AM

    txxxchief says: Sep 3, 2012 4:01 PM

    “I consider a contract to be the same as my word. I’ lived up to every one I ever signed, even of the terms were not ideal for me.”

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    As someone pointed out in here already, teams don’t have to live up to their word and honor the whole contract; based on that, you’re overall point is moot. Would you be fine with a pay reduction to do the same job and or having to move from the place you decided to live because your job decided that you weren’t needed despite the beloved contract that you signed and planned on keeping your word towards? However, I agree that getting a front loaded contract and holding out during the later “cheaper” years is absolutely ridiculous.

  20. covercorner says: Sep 4, 2012 2:05 AM

    MJD is a fool to not get the fines waived.

  21. orakpocalypse says: Sep 4, 2012 3:34 AM

    I think the level of denial from Jags fans about their owner is hilarious. He is the worst. He just angered the best and only decent player in franchise history. He is a joke to everyone outside of JAX.

  22. starchybunker says: Sep 4, 2012 11:59 AM

    MoJo, or more specifically his agent, gambled that :

    a) new owner
    +
    b) new coaching staff
    +
    c) coming off league-leading rushing year

    would = new contract…

    it wasn’t a terrible gamble and on paper I understand why they went for it; probably his last/best chance to get something extra…but it wasn’t a successful one and they’ll have to live with it…hurt them more than it hurt the team/Khan/coaching staff…

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