Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 8/6/12

The Jacksonville Jaguars are perceived as one of the worst teams in the league, and their best player, Maurice Jones-Drew is in the middle of a holdout with two full years left on his contract. Despite being the NFL's top rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew needs to realize that the Jaguars can replace him.

The primary reason the Jaguars are unwilling to provide Jones-Drew a new deal is the fact that they frontloaded his last deal, giving him his "big money" upfront instead of evenly spreading it out. By giving him another deal, they would essentially be letting the running back take advantage of them.

The other reason Maurice Jones-Drew isn't going to be getting a new deal this year is that the Jaguars have great depth at the running back position. If you've never heard of Rashad Jennings, I'll forgive you as he was out for the entire 2011 campaign. Jennings is currently the Jaguars' top running back while Jones-Drew is out, and he's shown great promise over the course of the two seasons he played with the team. He reminds me a lot of the style that Fred Taylor used to dice through defenses. While he is still a downgrade compared to Jones-Drew, he should be able to carry the load as a starting running back if he's needed in that capacity.

It's easy to get into the game of who is right and who is wrong, but at the end of the day, that's not really what matters. The Jaguars want Jones-Drew with the team, but they aren't going to pay him. It seems unlikely that Jones-Drew will miss any games since he really has no leverage, and he only stands to lose by not rejoining the team before the start of the season, but even if he decides to take a hard line stance, the Jaguars should be fine at the running back position.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker