With Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew entering the final year of his contract, and in the wake of a nasty holdout in 2012, some think that Jones-Drew could be traded during the draft to a team that will pay him the kind of money he wants.
Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell says that won’t be happening.
Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live, Caldwell unequivocally said that Jones-Drew won’t be traded. Instead, the Jaguars will keep him for the final year of his contract and make a decision on his status after the season ends.
Jones-Drew’s performance will hinge in many ways on his health. He’s recovering from foot surgery that limited him to just a few games in 2012.
The options at that point will be: (1) sign him to a new deal; (2) apply the franchise tag; or (3) let him walk. Either way, both sides benefit from Jones-Drew having a big year in 2013. The team will be better, and the player will be better positioned to get the contract he craves.
Caldwell’s appearance on PFT Live can be seen by clicking the appropriate box in the right rail.