Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's reigning rushing champion, continues to hold out from the team. In addition to forfeiting a $50,000 workout bonus and racking up fines for skipping the mandatory minicamp, Jones-Drew is facing $30,000 in daily fines for his absence (over $600,000 thus far).
After pocketing nearly $22 million in the first three seasons of his five-year, $31 million contract extension from 2009, Jones-Drew has the war chest to let it be known that he wants more than the $9.5 million in base salary he's set to make over the final two seasons of the deal.
"He's not here, and that's his decision," said Khan, who acknowledged that he met privately with Jones-Drew last month. "Believe me, it's not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don't change, and if he isn't here, he isn't here. I don't control it. It's his choice."
Recent reports have Jones-Drew being willing to continue his holdout into the season, but it's hard to imagine him forfeiting game checks worth $261,765. Plus, Jones-Drew's $4.45 million base salary would be fully guaranteed if he's on the roster in Week 1, and, as Silver points out, failing to honor his contract would subject the running back's $9 million signing bonus to forfeiture.
Another factor that could get Jones-Drew back in Jacksonville before the season starts is Rashad Jennings, who's third in the NFL this preseason with 118 rushing yards while getting the first-team reps.