Jags owner Shad Khan says no new deal for Maurice Jones-Drew
Whether or not Maurice Jones-Drew will show up to the Jacksonville Jaguars camp is still unknown. Jones-Drew believes he deserves a new contract and may not show up or play until he gets one. Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that the veteran running back is definitely not getting a new contract.
Khan told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union there are no plans to give him a new deal.
“There’s no decision here,” Khan said. “It’s his choice. There’s been very little for us to do rather than wait on whatever he might choose to do.”
Asked if he had made a decision by not giving Jones-Drew the new deal he wants, Khan replied: “There’s more than 50 players under contract. There are other people under contract in management, coaches. Does that mean if you do it for one, you do it for everybody? Where do you draw the line?”
Jones-Drew has two years left on the five-year, $31 million deal he signed in 2008. He led the league in rushing last year and wants a new deal in light of contracts given to Matt Forte and Ray Rice, but it doesn’t sound like Khan’s budging.
Jones-Drew has skipped the entire off-season team workouts and has yet to have any contact with coach Mike Mularkey. If Jones-Drew does not show up for mini-camp the team can fine him up to $30,000 for each day missed.