Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew started the 2012 season with an extended holdout, wanting a new multi-year contract from the team. The Jaguars did not cave to Jones-Drew’s demands and he eventually reported to the team. The running back was eventually placed on the team’s injured reserve list in December and will undergo foot surgery in the offseason.
Jones-Drew only appeared in six games this season for the Jaguars, and despite rushing for a career low 414 yards, he still managed to lead Jacksonville in rushing for the 2012 season.He led the NFL in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards.
Heading into the final year of his contract, Jones-Drew told Adam Schien of SiriusXM radio that he does want to remain with the Jaguars, but will not holdout for a new contract. “I went to them last year. It didn’t work out. I’m not going to reach out to them because, you know, I just feel like I tried that last year, it didn’t work out.”
“If the Jaguars want to do a new deal, I’m more than open to talk. I’m not going to say I don’t want to go there. I’ve grown up there, this is where I started. I want to win a championship there,” Jones-Drew commented.
Jones-Drew will be 29 when his contract expires and will likely not see the huge contract he was desiring at the start of this season. Coming off the 2011 season when he led the NFL in rushing, he likely felt that he would not have more leverage then at the start of the 2012 season to secure a large multi-year deal.