If Maurice Jones-Drew is going to play in the NFL this season — and he’s likely to want to do that — it’s going to have to be in a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform, since the team’s general manager has no intentions of trading him.
It took all of five words to describe his stance.
“Maurice is a Jaguar,” Gene Smith told the Florida Times-Union.
And his answer to the question of whether he might consider trading Jones-Drew?
And so the holdout goes on as the regular-season opener approaches.
Jones-Drew is coming off the best season of a seven-year career in which he has rushed for 6,854 yards, caught passes for 2,473 and scored 74 touchdowns. He signed a new contract in 2009, then topped 1,300 yards the next three seasons and led the NFL in rushing last season. He’d like a paycheck in the neighborhood of, say Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson, and has been holding out for 35 days.
Jags owner Shad Khan has spoken bluntly about that holdout, saying the “train’s leaving the station. Run, get on it.” He didn’t walk that back when asked about it by the Times-Union on Wednesday. “I have absolutely no regrets,” he said.
That prompted MJD’s camp to tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he was open to a trade.
Jones-Drew, presumably, remains open for a trade that isn’t going to materialize. “Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him,” his agent, Adisa Bakari, said, “and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team — on the field, in the locker room and in the community.
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