Last season, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed most of training camp while holding out for a new contract. Not only did Jones-Drew fail to receive what he wanted from the organization, but he only played in six games for the Jaguars as he spent most of the 2012 season dealing with a foot injury that limited him to recording 414 rushing yards and one touchdown.
When taking all of this into consideration–Jones-Drew has no right to even think about a new contract at this point in his career.
Jones-Drew was already making decent money to begin with last year when he decided to hold out during training camp and to even have that thought cross his mind now would be nothing but selfish. If anything, Jones-Drew should have to prove that he still has what it takes to remain healthy in 2013 and be one of the top running backs in the NFL.
Otherwise–it may end up being difficult for him to fight for big money following next season when his contract comes to an end after next season.
When healthy, Jones-Drew has proven to be one of the league’s top running backs, but for a player entering his eighth NFL season, it’s getting close to the question of how many more effective years he has left in him. It’s never easy for a running back to last long in the league due to the beating their legs take over the years and for a player like Jones-Drew–that time could be coming to an end very soon.
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