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Jones-Drew's absence from his team could outlast them all. MJD's decision to skip the Jacksonville Jaguars' mandatory minicamp this week is a big statement. General manager Gene Smith made a very vocal and public hardline stance that Jones-Drew won't get a new contract. Mojo is willing to pay significant fines to make the team uncomfortable.
Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday that it's possible that Jones-Drew will take his holdout into the season. We expect Brees and Rice to come to agreement fairly soon. Forte is a little trickier, but he should sign before Week 1.
Jones-Drew is quietly the player with the most potential to hurt his team. The Jaguars have made it clear publicly that they aren't willing to compromise. The Jaguars gave Jones-Drew a big five-year deal before he was a starter. That could make them "right" in this situation, but MJD has plenty of leverage because he's easily the best player on the Jaguars' offense.
Unless Jones-Drew capitulates and accepts he won't get more money with two years left on his deal, this holdout threatens to last well into August and possibly September.