Maurice Jones-Drew Holdout: Gene Smith Says No Trade

While Jacksonville and Maurice Jones-Drew have yet to solve their dispute over the running back's contract, Jaguars general manager Gene Smith says that the team is not thinking about a trade.

"Maurice is a Jaguar," Gene Smith told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union before bluntly answering "No," when asked if he was considering trading the running back. When asked if he would still have the same conviction if Jones-Drew's holdout continued 10 months longer, he again responded, "Maurice is a Jaguar."

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The Jaguars are planning to move ahead with Rashad Jennings as their Week 1 starter at running back.

Jones-Drew piled up a career-high 1,606 rushing yards in 2011 and scored a total of 11 touchdowns.

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