Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is unhappy with his current status with the team and wants a new contract. That isn’t going to be happening anytime soon however according to a spokesman from the Jaguars. Jacksonville is set to start a mandatory mini-camp this week and it’s possible that the 2011 rushing yardage leader might skip the workout.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith admitted to the media that the back in unhappy with his current status but the club expects him to honor his contract and report to the team. “He has expressed that he would like to renegotiate and we have express, again, that we feel he has a contract with two years left and we fully expect him to fulfill those obligations.
Jones-Drew, 27, was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal offense for the Jaguars last season, rushing for 1,606 yards and eight scores. He added another 374 yards through the air with another three touchdowns. The UCLA back has rushed for over 1300 yards in three consecutive seasons for Jacksonville.
The three-time Pro Bowler signed a contract extension with the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2009 season for five years worth $30.95 million dollars with $17.5 million guaranteed. He is scheduled to earn $4.45 million this season and is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Smith told reporters that despite the running back’s desire for a new contract, the team fully expects him to report to mandatory camp this week. Due to the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, Jones-Drew is currently under contract and if he skips workouts this week, could be fined $60,000 dollars by the team. He has skipped all OTAs this offseason.