Friday, January 11, 2013
MJD on holding out, the Tebow question
By Paul Kuharsky
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew hosted a special show with Adam Schein at SiriusXM NFL Radio live from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday.
They were kind enough to pass on some of what he said.
Schein asked him a couple of times whether there will be a holdout this year, and MJD repeatedly said “No.”
Schein: “Will you try to get a long term deal? Or, because you’re coming off of an injury do you just let it play out because, frankly, right now I would guess you’re probably not negotiating from a position of strength because you just had the surgery?”
MJD: “Well, first of all, the holdout situation, we did try to negotiate. It didn’t, obviously Mr. Khan and Gene Smith felt differently. So this year, 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 [and] it didn’t work. 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. That’s what I want to do. Now, I’m in the last year of my deal. Once again, people hate this word, but it’s part of the business. You know, it comes and it goes. This past year we have Derek Cox, Terrance Knighton, Daryl Smith, Greg Jones, guys that have all played pretty much their whole career in Jacksonville, this was their last year. Now, will they be re-signed? We don’t know. It’s just how it is.”
He doesn’t have much leverage coming off a year when he got hurt early and never made it back. It’s hard to envision new general manager David Caldwell giving Jones-Drew the sort of extension he’d want. So Caldwell will have to measure if it’s best to get what he can out of MJD in one final year or if he can get something of equal value in a trade.
Jones-Drew also said he liked what he heard from Caldwell at his introductory news conference, where he dismissed the idea of the Jaguars adding Tim Tebow.
“That’s big, especially for our quarterbacks," he said. First question out of the mouth of a reporter is: "What do you think about Tim Tebow?"
"You know, he’s not on our team. You want to focus on the guys you have in your locker room. For him to come out and be direct and forward with where we’re going, that’s one of the greatest things I’ve seen at a press conference in a long time.”