After holding out last season for contract talks and subsequently undergoing a shortened one due to injury, Jacksonville Jaguar running back Maurice Jones-Drew has said he won’t do the same this season.
In a Friday Sirius-XM NFL radio interview, MJD said via ESPN, “I went to them last year. It didn’t work out. I’m not going to reach out to them because, you know, I just feel like I tried that last year (and) it didn’t work.”
As you recall, MJD did not attend the team’s offseason program this past summer. He then sat out from training camp and the preseason–totaling a 38-day holdout–all in an effort to sign a new contract. The Jaguars didn’t take the bait and the 2011 rushing leader entered the 2012 season with two years left on a five-year contract valued at $31.5 million.
This season MJD made $4.45 million and is set to make $4.95 million in 2013.
He won’t have the same leverage this year as he only ran for 414 yards with one score. His season came to an early end on Oct. 21 thanks to a foot injury.
MJD will also have to deal with the team’s new general manager, David Caldwell as well as the fact he only has one season left on his contract; this could mean the end in Jacksonville for the player who is currently 27-years-old.
He added on Friday, “I’m in the last year of my deal. Once again, people hate this word, but it’s part of the business. You know, it comes and it goes.
“This past year we have Derek Cox, Terrance Knighton, Daryl Smith, Greg Jones — guys that have all played pretty much their whole career in Jacksonville — this was their last year. Will they be re-signed? We don’t know. It’s just how it is.”
MJD is a three-time Pro Bowler and is currently recovering from foot surgery.
In other league news, the New England Patriots made a lot of positive changes to their injury list on Friday by taking off 15 players who had been listed as limited. This includes defensive end Rob Ninkovich (hip), guard Logan Mankins (ankle/calf), and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee/ankle).
Five players had also been listed as probable; they all fully participated in Friday’s practice. This includes cornerbacks Marquice Cole (finger) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring/knee), tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip), guard Nick McDonald (shoulder), and defensive end Trevor Scott (knee).
Long story short, it appears the Patriots will enter Sunday’s game healthy, similar to the Denver Broncos on Saturday.