(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Despite not reaching a new deal, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout and reported to the Jaguars camp Sunday.
The NFL’s leading rusher last season, Jones-Drew wanted to renegotiate the final two years of his current contract, which is set to pay him $4.45 million this year and $4.95 million in 2013. But owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith had no intent of creating a culture where players renegotiate contracts in the middle of lucrative deals. While Jones-Drew wasn’t happy with their answer, he decided enough was enough.
“You know it got to a point were I wasn’t going to be traded, obviously they weren’t going to pay me.,” Jones Drew said. “I could have easily sat back until Week 10 if I wanted to. I could have came back and been a distraction. I could have come back a couple of weeks ago and did that. But it wasn’t about that.”
Over MJD’s seven-year career, he has rushed for 6,854 yards, caught 278 passes and recorded 74 touchdowns.
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