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MJD won’t ask Jags for an extension this offseason

Maurice Jones-Drew AP

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t practicing on Thursday, which makes it difficult to imagine he’ll be playing against the Patriots this weekend.

Jones-Drew has made it clear that he wants to play again this season despite missing the last eight games with a foot injury and having one year left on a deal he wanted extended badly enough to hold out of camp this summer. Jones-Drew said Wednesday that he has no bad feelings about the Jaguars because of that standoff, but he also said that he wouldn’t be asking the team for an extension once the year comes to an end.

“It’s not really up to us, it’s up to them,” Jones-Drew said, via the Florida Times-Union. “They have to come to us. Obviously, we tried to come to them this offseason and it didn’t work out so it’s up to them.”

MJD’s desire for a long-term deal is well-known enough that there’s no reason to reiterate it. The identity of “them” is a big wild card here. If the Jaguars make changes in the front office and/or coaching staff, there could be a different view on how to handle Jones-Drew than General Manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey employed this season. It doesn’t make much sense to ask for an extension or even consider one until you know the direction of the organization.

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11 Responses to “MJD won’t ask Jags for an extension this offseason”
  1. niubears says: Dec 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    worst holdout in NFL history.. You’re a moron MJD

  2. shackdelrio says: Dec 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    The picture of him on crutches illustrates why the team won’t give him a long term deal.

  3. asublimeday says: Dec 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    You soft, bro.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    I wouldn’t sign with this team, Maurice. Go out in style and then sign a 3 or 4 year gig with a team that wants you and that has a coach that has won before. Get a ring. Ain’t happening in Jax with Mularkey. I hate saying it. But you should go after next season. I wouldn’t have a hometown discount, I’d have a hometown surcharge. CJ2K money, up front, or C-YA, Jax.

  5. rajbais says: Dec 20, 2012 1:39 PM

    That is why agents need to put in player opt-out clauses in their contracts.

    It makes no sense to give guaranteed money to players in unemployment when seeing them opt out seeking for money from the same or a different team costs nothing.

    A-Rod got to opt out in MLB and got a record $275 mil guaranteed for 10 years with a $25 million career home run record bonus.

    Kobe Bryant opted out in 2004 and got the NBA contract record of $136 mil over 7 years.

    Wanna prevent hold outs or face less risk of financial loss? Put an opt-out clause in!!!

  6. punkyqb says: Dec 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Jags have resorted selling tickets on Living Social and Groupon. I just got a offer in my email today. Pretty desperate.

  7. kevinbnyc says: Dec 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    The Jets trade Sanchez AND Tebow for MJD. Everybody wins.

  8. jwil007 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    MJD to Cincy…..Perfect Match! Mike B. Make the call and offer a trade….

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 20, 2012 2:12 PM

    Even if his contract runs out he will be franchised.

  10. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 20, 2012 3:05 PM

    I wouldn’t want a long term deal with this team either. In two years he would have to apply for a passport so he can go to work in London.

  11. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:08 PM

    Don’t believe this guy called Jay Cutler soft…

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