Seeing as how Jacksonville Jaguars running back signed his 5 year, $31 Million contract back in 2009, W&L pretty much ignored his demands to rework his deal.
However – now that MJD is sitting out mandatory minicamp, he has our full attention.
Jones-Drew is refusing to report to Jaguars camp and is officially in hold out mode. This is a pretty bold move for the Pro-Bowl running back. MJD risks being fined $60,000 for each day missed. Players such as Matt Forte, Ray Rice and Drew Brees are not at risk for these fines due to not being under contract with their respective teams. They have not signed their franchise tag tenders and won’t have to until mid-July.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has already indicated there are no plans for renegotiations:
“He has expressed that he would like to renegotiate and we have expressed, again, that we feel he has a contract with two years left and we expect him to fulfill those obligations,” Smith said.
MJD was the focal point and the only true threat in the Jacksonville offense last season. Jones-Drew rushed for over 1,600 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. He also added on 374 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. Seeing just how bad the Jaguars were last season, they may want to keep their only real playmakers happy and get a new deal done.