His holdout racked up $30,000 per day in fines (whether he actually has to pay the money is a separate issue). His post-touchdown habit could cost a local charity $500 per score.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has returned to a team with a coach who wants his players to hand the ball back to the official after entering the end zone with it. If that’s what happens, Mike Mularkey will donate $250 to the local Ronald McDonald’s House, and the team will match it.
It’s unclear whether Jones-Drew will comply.
“I have to get in there first before we can answer this question,” Jones-Drew said this week, via the Associated Press. “It doesn’t make sense to answer a question when I haven’t been in there yet. I haven’t even scored in practice yet, so we’ll see how I do in practice first and then we’ll move on to the game.”
Still, Jones-Drew hasn’t ruled out the Barry Sanders maneuver.
“We’re entertainers, but at the same time I’m coachable,” Jones-Drew said.
If Jones-Drew is willing to fork over $500 to replace what would have been donated, then let him entertain. But if everyone on the team honors Mularkey’s mandate, that’s the kind of little thing that can help pull a locker room together.
It also will help ensure that there will never be any chance of losing 15 yards of field position on the ensuing kickoff.