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“"As I told the team, I appreciated their effort to be here," Mularkey said. "Absolutely voluntary. No hard feelings, nothing held against you if you're not here. All we said was if you were not going to be here, please let us know that you will not be or if you're going to miss a day. That's all we asked about him." General manager Gene Smith did not respond to an email from The Associated Press regarding Jones-Drew's absence, and Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, did not return a phone call. Jones-Drew is entering his seventh season. He has 6,854 yards rushing, 2,473 yards receiving and 74 total touchdowns. He carried a career-high 343 times last season, averaging 4.7 yards even though defenses knew he was the focal point of Jacksonville's offense. It makes sense that he would want a new deal after a career year. Plus, he's considered underpaid compared to some of the league's other top backs. Johnson is getting $13.5 million annually. Foster is making $8.7 million a year. And Lynch is earning $7.75 annually. St. Louis' Steven Jackson, Carolina's DeAngelo Williams and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson also make more than Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew, a California native, has missed offseason workouts in Jacksonville before and been fine. "I think he knows how to condition himself at this point in his career," Mularkey said. "We'd like him to be here, but again, for some reason" he's not. Teammates expressed less concern. "When Maurice gets here, he goes to work," tight end and college teammate Marcedes Lewis said. "Obviously, he's doing things his way right now. Hopefully we'll get him out here soon. It is what it is. I'm not mad at him. It's the decisions you make. I know Maurice works hard, so once he gets here he's going to be on his horse."
Maybe he's on a really, really good honeymoon.” -- Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey
on reason for Jones-Drew missing camp