Jacksonville Jaguars fans thought that running back Maurice Jones-Drew would show up when training camp would begin. Not so, the running back is still holding out, looking for a new contract. Whats even more disheartening, is that he could be willing to skip all of training camp to get a new deal, according to NFL writer Steve Wyche.
The running back didn't report to the team Thursday and could face $30,000 in daily fines during his holdout. Jones-Drew is willing to sacrifice the fines in order to get a new contract, a source said. Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Wednesday the team doesn't plan to re-do the final two years and $9.4 million on Jones-Drew's contract, drawing an opposing line in the sand.
Jones-Drew has two years left on his contract. He led the NFL in rushing last year with 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns. Since the team won only five games last season, one of the arguments being floated by the Jaguars is that they could possibly be fine without him signed for the long haul. Jones-Drew is training on his own, so he should be ready to go when this is resolved.