Originally written May 15, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Maurice Jones-Drew wasn't in attendance as Jaguars organized team activities began Tuesday. The exact reason for his absence wasn't disclosed, but the Jaguars were not expecting the NFL leading rusher in 2011 to attend the voluntary portion of the offseason program. With Mike Mularkey and his coaching staff installing new schemes, the presence of the team's star player would be mutually beneficial. But Jones-Drew, like veteran Fred Taylor before him, prefers to work out on his own and the franchise doesn't question his ability to prepare physically. He had 1,606 rushing yards, tops in the NFL, last season but his contract could soon become an issue. Jones-Drew signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal in 2009 and is vastly underpaid relative to two of the NFL's top-salaried running backs and division rivals Chris Johnson (Titans) and Arian Foster (Texans). Jones-Drew, 27, has three straight 1,300-plus-yard seasons since becoming the Jaguars' primary ba...
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