The contract battle between Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars has been taken to the next level as the 2011 rushing champion decided to skip the teams organized team activities. For a player that has two years remaining on his contract, the Jaguars have every reason to be frustrated with Jones-Drew’s decision to skip the team’s mandatory minicamp this week.
Back in 2009, the organization was willing to give Jones-Drew a hefty five-year deal worth $30.95 million–including a hefty $9 million bonus–after exceeding expectations during the first two years in the NFL. What’s even more impressive about Jones-Drew’s first two seasons is he managed to record 2,552 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with 24 touchdowns while sharing reps with Fred Taylor.
Jacksonville had every right to keep Jones-Drew under his rookie contract instead of giving him a new deal in 2009, but they decided to reward their beloved running back with the type of pay raise he deserved for the type of numbers produced over his first two years in the league. If Jones-Drew was so unhappy about how the deal would play out in the final two years, why would he agree to the contract in the first place?
Instead of complaining about being underpaid for a player that led the league with 1,606 rushing yards in 2011 and has pretty much carried the offense over the last couple of years, Jones-Drew should just be thankful that he’s receiving close to $9 million over the next two seasons.
Anyone reading this article would certainly take that deal in a heartbeat–so how about Jones-Drew acts like a professional and continue playing under the current contract he agreed to three years ago.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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