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Finally, running back Maurice Jones-Drew ends his holdout and reports to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's been 38 days since Jones-Drew decided to holdout in hopes of getting a new deal that ranks up there with the other elite running backs in the NFL. In the last few months, we've seen running backs Arian Foster (Houston Texans), LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles), Matt Forte (Chicago Bears), and Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) get new deals that average out to these stars getting between $8 million and 9 million per year. Jones-Drew's present deal averages about $4.7 million per year. Here's the difference between Jones-Drew and those men. The four mentioned were either due or coming due for a new deal. Jones-Drew still has two years left on his present deal. The chances were Jones-Drew would have no choice but to show up, deal or no deal. Jags owner Shahid Kahn has said numerous times that Jones-Drew would not get a new deal at this time and the team, if forced to, would move on without him. Khan also said the team would not trade MJD. I can see both sides of this conflict, but this was honestly a no-win situation for MJD. While I understand what he was trying to accomplish, MJD had no leverage. Yes, MJD was the NFL's leading rusher last season and not many has had a more productive last three seasons than he has. But individual stats don't always add up to team wins, and the Jags were still a 5-11 team last season. Yes, I do feel MJD deserves to be paid with the other elite running backs and he has out-performed his present deal, but the fact is he still has two years left on his deal. When you combine that with the fact the team wasn't all that successful with him, this leaves MJD with no leg to really stand on. In other words, MJD should have just reported to camp and not get involved with any of this unnecessary drama. If he was going to hold out at anytime, maybe next season's training camp would've been the time to do so. At least by that time you would have another year under your belt and you can make a pitch for a new deal because now you will only have a year left on your present deal. I want to say I'm not a big fan of holdouts because you are still under contract as it is, so it's isn't like you're not getting paid. Therefore, I think you should honor your contract and show up to work. With that said, I understand some players feel like holding out is the best way to force your hand and attempt to cash in. Timing is everything, and I don't think MJD used the best timing to for this episode. Now here he is back on the team, and it might be Week 3 of the regular season before we see MJD in the starting lineup. Here's another aspect, recent history shows star players that held out for a new deal didn't have that great of a year following the hold out. We'll see what happens with MJD, but it's good to see him back with the team. I do want to see MJD get a long-term deal, but the fact is now just wasn't the time to holdout.
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his 38-day holdout - without a new contract.
Jones-Drew arrived at the facility Sunday morning and chatted with teammates before meeting with coaches.
ESPN first reported Jones-Drew's decision.
''Just shared some love with (at)Jones-Drew32 in the locker room,'' Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings...
Maurice Jones-Drew will reportedly end his holdout and report to the Jacksonville Jaguars one week before the regular-season opener at Minnesota. The holdout is in its 38th day as of Sunday, and coach Mike Mularkey recently said Jones-Drew would need at least one full week to be ready for the Sept. 9 opener. He has no experience in Mularkey's offense and the team isn't...
Maurice Jones-Drew will begin the season much like he did his NFL career: as a backup and third-down running back.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says he expects Jones-Drew to rotate in on third downs Sunday at Minnesota. Mularkey says the NFL's leading rusher in 2011 also will ''get a series'' in place of starter Rashad Jennings.
Mularkey says Jones...
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced for the first with the Jacksonville Jaguars since ending his 38-day contract holdout, but it’s still unclear whether he will play in the regular-season opener Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Jones-Drew was wearing shoulder pads, helmet and shorts and taking handoffs during drills on Monday, NFL.com reported. The morning practice...
RB Maurice Jones-Drew UP
MJD finally reported. Rashad Jennings will get the week 1 start regardless and could get the bulk of the carries for the first 2 weeks or so of the season as MJD gets back into football shape and learns the offense. There are also way too many similarities to the Chris Johnson holdout last year for me to be comfortable projecting MJD’s usual level of production...
It is Sunday afternoon and many of you are singing all kinds of praises.This is especially true to those of you who gambled during your fantasy football draft and selected Maurice Jones-Drew.As you know Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his 38-day holdout without a new contract.He returned Sunday morning to the Jaguars' facility meeting with players and coaches. Rashad Jennings even...
Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout, reporting to the Jaguars earlier today according Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Jones-Drew's holdout was a largely unproductive venture that will cost him the starting position next Sunday when the Jaguars play the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Mularkey has indicated that Rashad Jennings will be the starting running back, and there...
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout and reported to the Jaguars on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The holdout ends at 38 days, and MJD assured fantasy owners that he was safe, and hence stuck to his word by reporting to the Jaguars prior to Week 1. He should be worked back into the offense slowly behind Rashad Jennings though.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Rashad Jennings will get the start at running back for the Jaguars’ week one match up against the Vikings, even though Maurice Jones-Drew has finally ended his hold out.
“Despite Maurice Jones-Drew reporting to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the plan is for the team to start running back Rashad Jennings in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings...
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey is hearing rumors that holdout
Maurice Jones-Drew will report soon, but says none of the talk is
coming from anyone who matters.
How as Ray Rice living on his 2nd round draft pick salary? Frugally. The guy recently signed a 5-year, $40 million contract with the Ravens so he can afford something better than a 4 bed, 4 bath townhouse with only 2,100 sq. ft. It’s time to unload the rookie contract digs. Can’t say we blame Rice. Take a look at the faucets in the master bathroom.
You can’t be impressing...
Comments on the Jacksonville Jaguars by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (31)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 32) - Showdowns with Colts won't be for division title.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 31) - At least Blaine Gabbert looks like he's making progress, Maurice Jones-Drew is back, and Justin Blackmon looks like real deal.
1. Arian Foster
Last season, Ray Rice had 1,364 yards rushing, 704 yards receiving, and 15 total touchdowns. Arian Foster, on the other hand, has 1,224 yards rushing, 617 yards receiving, and 12 total touchdowns. The difference is Foster did that in only 13 games. He was on pace to have a better fantasy season than Rice. While that alone doesn’t necessarily convince me that Foster...