Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/29/12
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Jacksonville Jaguars fans who feared holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew may be placed on the trading block received some good news Wednesday. No, Jones-Drew has not signed a new deal. But Jaguars general manager Gene Smith gave team loyalists some hope when he told the Florida Times-Union that he has no intention of trading Jones-Drew. "Maurice is a Jaguar," Smith said at the team's annual Kickoff Luncheon. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing last season and remains in the Jaguars' long-range and rebuilding plans. When asked if he would trade Jones-Drew if made an offer by another team, Smith said bluntly, "No." Wednesday marked the 35th holdout day for Jones-Drew, who wants a new deal for leading the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards last season. He reportedly wants a mega-deal, far more than the current five-year, $31 million deal that he currently has two years left on. He is due to make nearly $4.5 million this season and nearly $5 million next season, but reportedly wa...
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