Jaguars owner Shad Khan says the only decision to be made about Maurice Jones-Drew has to come from Jones-Drew, and I have trouble finding anything wrong with Khan’s stance.
From Vito Stellino's story in the Florida Times-Union:
"There's no decision here," Khan told the Times-Union.
"It's his choice. There's been very little for us to do rather than wait on whatever he might choose to do," Khan said.
When asked if the Jaguars had made a decision by not giving him a new deal, Khan paused and then said: "There's more than 50 players under contract. There are other people under contract in management, coaches. Does that mean if you do it for one, you do it for everybody? Where do you draw the line?"
The Jaguars will be on the practice field Thursday morning.
Jones-Drew has not offered any indication recently that he has changed his mind about pressing the team for a new, more lucrative deal. MJD led the league in rushing last season, but has two seasons remaining on what was a generous contract when he signed it.
Jacksonville could open camp not only without its top player, but also its top draft pick: No. 5 overall selection Justin Blackmon, the receiver who recently pleaded guilty to drunk-driving charges in Oklahoma, might be one of the few rookies unsigned as his team gets to work.
In 2010, Blackmon was arrested on a DUI charge in Texas. That was reduced eventually to underage alcohol possession.
The two incidents certainly give the Jaguars cause for concern regarding a major investment in Blackmon, and looking for insurance regarding guaranteed money would be understandable.
While it's hardly ideal to have Jones-Drew and Blackmon miss time, the Jaguars could continue to operate with them as their key national storylines, improving elsewhere while few are paying attention.