Friday, January 11, 2013
Updated: January 12, 10:25 AM ET
Maurice Jones-Drew done lobbying
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Maurice Jones-Drew apparently is finished lobbying for a new deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones-Drew said during an interview Friday with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is not planning on asking the Jaguars for a long-term contract.
The NFL's leading rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew skipped Jacksonville's entire offseason program this past summer, sitting out training camp and the preseason during a 38-day holdout while looking for a new deal. The Jaguars didn't budge, refusing to renegotiate since he had two years remaining on a five-year deal worth $31.5 million.
"I went to them last year," Jones-Drew said during the interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. "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."
Jones-Drew rushed for just 414 yards and one touchdown before suffering a season-ending foot injury on Oct. 21. The three-time Pro Bowler admitted he would be willing to negotiate a new deal with the Jaguars if the team initiated talks with him.
"If the Jaguars want to do a new deal, I'm more than open to talk," he told SiriusXM. "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."
Jones-Drew, 27, made $4.45 million this season and is due to get $4.95 million next season. The star running back acknowledged he may not have a future beyond 2013 in Jacksonville, which is just days into the tenure of new general manager David Caldwell.
"I'm in the last year of my deal," Jones-Drew told SiriusXM. "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. Will they be re-signed? We don't know. It's just how it is."
Jones-Drew underwent surgery on his injured left foot on Dec. 28 and will be sidelined at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew initially suffered the injury and created plenty of questions about why the Jaguars didn't opt for surgery months ago.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.