Jacksonville Jaguars’ GM wouldn’t succumb to renegotiate Maurice Jones-Drew
Jacksonville Jaguars’ General Manager Gene Smith was not pleased with the prospect of Maurice Jones-Drew skipping minicamp. However, since the ball is in their court now, the Jacksonville Jaguars are still sticking out their chin and refuse to give into Maurice Jones-Drew’s demand on a renegotiate the contract.
“I would expect him to be here this week, but that’s ultimately his decision,” expressed Gene Smith.
However, he strongly stressed that all signed players are obligated to meet the teams’ demand to attend the minicamp.
“It’s a mandatory veteran camp for the players that are under contract,” continues Gene Smith. “I expect all our players under contract to be here, though.”
As the 27-year-old Maurice Jones-Drew comes out of a record-breaking season in NFL carries, with 343 carries and averaging 4.7 yards, he naturally feels entitled to make more with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Furthermore, Maurice Jones-Drew is the Jacksonville Jaguars best offensive player and is widely regarded as the franchise face. Maurice Jones-Drew had the most rushing yards last season with 1,606 yards.
However, as the Jacksonville Jaguars previously communicated to Maurice Jones-Drew, a renegotiation is not at the top of their list of priorities right now. Gene Smith told that the Jacksonville Jaguars had no intentions of getting into a renegotiations dialogue with Maurice Jones-Drew’s agent Adisa Bakari.
"He (Maurice Jones-Drew) has expressed that he would like to renegotiate,” stated Gene Smith on Monday. “We have expressed, again, that we feel he has a contract with two years left and we expect him to fulfill those obligations.”
Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to make $4.45 million in 2012 and $4.95 million in 2013, on the $31 million 5-year contract he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. Even after a phenomenal season, Maurice Jones-Drew will still be reportedly making way less than other top of the league running backs like Chris Johnson, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Steven Jackson, DeAngelo Williams and Adrian Peterson.
Maurice Jones-Drew’s absence from the minicamp would be a violation of CBA’s Article 42, Section 1(ix), under which a one day absence from the minicamp can be fined with $10,000. A second-day absence will account for a with $20,000 penalty, while a final day’s absence by Maurice Jones-Drew will be met by a $30,000 fine. That brings the total up to $60,000 in fines for Maurice Jones-Drew. Add in a further $50,000 loss in bonuses from Jacksonville Jaguars for non-attendance of minicamp, and that will be burning a tremendous hole in Maurice Jones’ pocket this season.