The key cog to the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is not going to report to training camp as RB Maurice Jones-Drew is demanding a new contract. Jones-Drew, 27, is the reigning rushing leader in the NFL and was the lone bright spot of a dismal Jaguars offense last season. However, he is under contract for the next two seasons and now wants another payday.
I can understand where Jones-Drew is coming from at the age of 27 and he can sense the new trend of simply replacing running backs approaching the age of 30 in the NFL, but he is under contract. Jacksonville owner Shad Khan is heading into his first season as a NFL owner, and he is no Wayne Weaver. Khan has told the media that Jones-Drew can expect no new offer from the franchise. So, if the holdout continues deep into the pre-season, could he possibly be traded?
If the two sides continue to butt heads, is the only possible solution a trade, and if so, what would the Jaguars net in return? Which teams might be interested? What would the reigning NFL rushing leader bring in a trade?
Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers head into the 2012 season with a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley and a current contract dispute with WR Mike Wallace. Pittsburgh has salary cap issues and injury issues regarding Rashard Mendenhall. Will he play? Can he play? Is Isaac Redman a legitimate replacement? MJD in the Steel City would be a coup, but would the Steelers surrender the required draft picks?
Washington Redskins- Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is so arrogant that he believes anyone can be plugged into the backfield and become successful in his offensive scheme. That worked decades ago in Denver, but it certainly isn’t working so well in Washington. Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Ryan Torain and even Tashard Choice took carries in the Redskins’ backfield last year. Any of these running backs any better than MJD? Do you think any combination of these backs are capable of a 1,600 yard season? Cam Newton was so successful last year with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in the backfield.
New York Jets- Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to be feeling the heat on his coaching seat heading into 2012. Yes, QB Tim Tebow has beefed up to 250 pounds, but he won’t be on the field running the ball until the Jets are inside the 10-yard line. Each year, NFL fans keep waiting for the “break-out” season of Shonn Greene. I don’t think it’s coming. The Jets should pull the trigger and sent Greene to Jacksonville and acquire MJD. Rex Ryan might need the acquisition in order to keep his job after this season.