NFL Rumors: Maurice Jones-Drew Open to Being Traded?
The Maurice Jones-Drew holdout just took an ugly turn. After whispers close to the Jacksonville Jaguars suggested the star running back was close to a return, Jones-Drew is reportedly further than ever from returning.
According to Adam Schefter via Twitter, MJD is now “open to being traded” upon hearing remarks from the Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, who said Jones-Drew should “get on the train” and report to camp.
This is disturbing news, and could make it difficult for this holdout situation to end well. Jones-Drew would certainly draw a ton of interest as a trade chip, while the Jaguars do have a competent replacement in Rashad Jennings, who would be ready to start if they shipped MJD elsewhere.
This is mere speculation as it stands, but it’s coming from Schefter, who normally is pretty accurate with reports.
This is crippling for MJD’s value, and he’s suddenly a much bigger risk than ever. Not only is he clearly hell-bent on not returning without a better paycheck, but he might not want to return to Jacksonville – at all. If that’s the case, the Jaguars could do what the Cincinnati Bengals did to Carson Palmer last year and call his bluff. If you don’t recall, Palmer wasn’t bluffing, and sat out until Cincy traded him to Oakland right before the trade deadline. It’s getting harder and harder to give the thumbs up on drafting MJD. Until we see some light at the end of the tunnel, we’re passing on him.
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