Jags Owner Gives MJD Ultimatum on Contract Holdout
The latest news in the Maurice Jones-Drew holdout saga: Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who has remained unwaivering in his refusal to renegotiate Jones-Drew’s contract, has now given his team’s star running back an ultimatum, according to Eugene Frenette of the Florida Times Union: “the train is leaving the station. Get on it, run.”
Jags owner Shad Khan on Jones-Drew still being absent: “Train is leaving the station. Run, get on it.”
— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) August 21, 2012
Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing last year with 1,606 yards, has missed all of the Jaguars’ offseason activities, including the first three weeks of training camp and the team’s first two preseason games, in an effort to persuade Jacksonville’s front office to give him a new deal. Jones-Drew still has two years and $9M remaining on the five-year, $32M contract he signed in 2009.
However, with backup running back Rashad Jennings playing exceedingly well in Jones-Drew’s stead, having averaged over five yards per carry running with the first team’s offense in their first two preseason games, the team has proven they can play well without Jones-Drew, taking some air out of the sails of Jones-Drew’s holdout ship. Recently, it has been reported that Jones-Drew would likely end his holdout soon anyways.
Throughout the whole process, Khan has been unrelenting, saying that if one player is giving what he wants by holding out, it opens the door for others to make similar demands through similar holdouts. “Where do you draw the line?” Khan told the Times-Union. And with his latest ultimatum, it looks like Jones-Drew is just gonna have to suck it up and take his original $9 million over the next two years.