JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars bows after a fourth-quarter touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 11, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Jones-Drew scored four times and the Jaguars won 41 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Maurice Jones-Drew Ends Holdout

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has finally ended his holdout and will report to the Jaguars.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Ends Holdout, Will Report To Camp

The Maurice Jones-Drew holdout has ended and the Jaguars star running back is expected to report to camp on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Big Cat Country cites a source that said Jones-Drew was going to wait until after the preseason to end his holdout, since he was waiting on a deal that was never coming anyway.

From BCC:

According to the source, Jones-Drew was not going to report until the preseason was over if he was not going to get a new deal and now that the Jaguars have played their final preseason game, he will now report to the team and get his playbook. Jones-Drew will need to hit the playbook and begin learning the offense and blocking assignments if he wants to be ready for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has said Rashad Jennings will be the starting running back in Week 1, since Jones-Drew hasn't been around all of the preseason, but it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds this week.

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MJD Holdout: Is This Maurice Jones-Drew's Last Year With The Jaguars?

Big Cat Country writer Alfie Crow wonders if this season will be Maurice Jones-Drew's last with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Because the running back has held out all of training camp, Crow wonders if Jones-Drew has hurt his long-term sustainability in the NFL

The Jaguars are learning a completely different offense from last year's under new head coach Mike Mularkey. Crow wonders if this will hurt his ability if he decides to end his holdout before the regular season begins.

While Jones-Drew had all of five carries in the preseason in 2011 and lead the NFL in rushing, he's got to learn an entirely new offense under an entirely new coaching staff for the 2012 season, which is going to affect not only his on-field production but his playing time while he gets acclimated. As such, Jones-Drew's stats are going to suffer which are going to force his future earnings to suffer

Rashad Jennings has already been announced as the week one starter for the Jaguars. Crow says that Jones-Drew needs to show up by this weekend for the coaches to feel comfortable enough to play him in week one.

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Jaguars Players Expect Maurice Jones-Drew To Be Fined, According To Report

Around the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room, there's a shared sentiment that the players "want" running back Maurice Jones-Drew to be fined, according to a video on CBSSports.com. Here's an excerpt from what Pete Prisco had to say:

"As far as the fines, the language in the CBA says ‘up to $30,000 a day.' Now I was in the locker room the other day and I talked to a bunch of the players and they all expect him and they want him to be fined something because there has to be a message from Mike Mularkey. So I think he's going to get fined, I think they'll lower the fine and sometimes these guys go ‘alright I'm going to fine you and wink wink we won't really collect it.' But I do think he has to be fined something by the front office."

With Jones-Drew's holdout sitting at day 31, the Jaguars could fine the seventh-year running back up to $930,000. But at this point, the club is in a bit of a rock and a hard place.

If head coach Mike Mularkey begins billing Jones-Drew, it could make for some more bad blood in an already tumultuous situation. But if Mularkey decides to completely waive the fine, it seems the rest of the players could be quite upset with the Jaguars holding their star to a higher standard.

At least the organization, and the rest of the world, is now aware where most of the other Jaguars stand with the decision looming.


Maurice Jones-Drew Trade: Jaguars Not Likely To Move MJD

With Maurice Jones-Drew publicly stating he is open to a trade, it begs the question if the Jaguars would send arguably its biggest star

Alfie Crow at Big Cat Country gives his thoughts on the matter and states that while Jones would like to be traded, it is highly unlikely that the Jaguars' front office will cater to his demands.

Now Jones-Drew wants a new deal, for leading the league in rushing on one of the worst offenses in the league and because other backs around him, including other players repped by his agent, are getting big time deals. Now that the Jaguars have made it totally clear they will not cave to his demands, he's asking for a trade.

The problem with asking for a trade, is it's not likely going to change the stand of the Jaguars. Owner Shad Khan is a smart business man, and if he was not willing to cave on giving Jones-Drew a new deal, why would he cave and allow Jones-Drew out with a trade? Facilitating the trade over a contract dispute would would be caving all the same as caving with a new contract. Not to mention the fact that Jones-Drew has absolutely no leverage whatsoever.

Crow also notes that the Jaguars offense has looked great with Jones-Drew on the sidelines as he holds out and that backup running back Rashad Jennings looks comfortable with the first-team offense. So while Jones-Drew tries to force his way to a new deal, the Jaguars look dead set on keeping to their plan and forcing Jones-Drew to honor his contract.

For more on Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars, make sure to head over to Big Cat Country.


Maurice Jones-Drew Open To Being Traded, According To Report

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is open to a trade following comments made by owner Shad Khan.


Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Blaine Gabbert Gave All Leverage Back To The Jaguars

The apparent value of Maurice Jones-Drew has diminished significantly in just three weeks and the running back no longer has the leverage that many felt the Jaguars would be forced to concede to.


Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: What's The End Game?

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has decided to not report for training camp, still looking for a new contract. What is his end game?


Maurice Jones-Drew Will Report On Time, Predicts John Clayton Of ESPN

Jacksonville Jaguars fans holding their breath over a holdout by running back Maurice Jones-Drew need not worry says one expert. ESPN's John Clayton said Monday on Sports Center that MJD will report before the first week of the season. Clayton also ventured a prediction that MJD would be in training camp on time.

Also worth noting is that Clayton said MJD will report without a new contract.

"I think he now realizes the team is going to do nothing as far as giving him anything on a contract. He has two years left on the contract. And even though he's outperformed that contract, the organization feels as though they've come back, they've given him a deal even before he was a starter, and taken good care of him. ... There's no chance of him getting a new deal."

Jones-Drew skipped the team's spring practices.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.


Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Jaguars RB To Skip Mandatory Mini-Camp

After Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said that he had no plans to renegotiate Maurice Jones-Drew's current contract on Monday, the running back will not participate in Jacksonville's mandatory mini-camp. As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter:

Since this is a mandatory mini-camp, Jones-Drew is expected to be fined $10,000 for missing the first day, $20,000 for missing a second day and $30,000 for missing three days in row. That's a total of $60,000 in fines if he skips out on the entire mini-camp.

Jones-Drew is in the fourth year of a five-year, $31 million contract. He's scheduled to make $4.95 million for the 2012 season.

For more on the Jags and the developing Maurice Jones-Drew holdout, head over to Jacksonville Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.


Maurice Jones-Drew Skips Voluntary Workouts

The Jacksonville Jaguars will hit the field again on Tuesday for another set of voluntary workouts. The team will be without kicker Josh Scobee, who has refused to sign his franchise tag, but the team will also be without their biggest offensive weapon.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the first set of voluntary workouts, with rumblings that he's looking for a new contract after leading the NFL in rushing in 2011, and he's not expected on Tuesday when the team gets back out on the field. Currently, Jones-Drew is preparing for the season down in Miami, as he does every year.

Jones-Drew is expected to report to EverBank field when the workouts become mandatory, with or without a new contract to go with his impressive season last year. With the worst passing offense in the league, Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing with just over 1,600 rushing yards.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.

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