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Kahn and Jones-Drew Have a Private Meeting

NFL rushing champion Maurice Jones-Drew is now more than three weeks into a training-camp boycott that has cost him more than $600,000 ($30,000 per day in fines) and no indication that he plans to report anytime soon. Owner Shad Khan made it clear that he has no intention of giving Jones-Drew the new deal he desires, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.

“He’s not here, and that’s his decision,” Khan said of Jones-Drew, who has two years remaining on the five-year, $31-million deal he signed in 2009. “Believe me, it’s not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don’t change, and if he isn’t here, he isn’t here. I don’t control it. It’s his choice.”

This was his position before training camp began and a private meeting with the player last month that lasted several hours did nothing to weaken his resolve.

“I’ve been involved in many kind of industrial business dealings,” Khan said. “I’ve encountered strikes and violence. And if you don’t handle that, you’re not around to see them through.”

Simply put, some of Khan’s past experiences have been far scarier than the thought of going into a football season with Rashad Jennings as his starting halfback. And unless he returns home to Illinois to find bullet holes through his windshield or similarly menacing acts of vandalism, his inclination will be to remain calm.

“Believe me,” he insisted, “on a zero-to-10 level of stress, this doesn’t even move the needle.”

In Khan’s eyes, the frontloaded deal Jones-Drew signed was a fair one, especially considering that the Jags ended up paying out more than $3 million more in 2010 and 2011 than they would have had they franchised the player for each of those seasons – while assuming the added risk associated with a long-term contract.

It’s also logical that Khan expects Jones-Drew to flinch first, given the potentially steep financial consequences that would accompany a season-long holdout. Jones-Drew, who is due to make $4.45 million in 2012 and another $4.95 million in 2013, received a $17.5-million signing bonus when he signed his extension. If he fails to honor his contract, the team could go after a prorated share of the bonus, which is roughly $3.5 million per season.

Then there is the mounting total from the daily, $30,000 fines that Jones-Drew continues to accrue. Even if he reports well before the start of the regular season, Jones-Drew is unlikely to recoup that cash. A Jags front-office source said any decision about whether to forgive the fines would be made by first-year coach Mike Mularkey, who has yet to meet Jones-Drew in person person. (The two men have spoken on the phone several times.) Given their relatively undeveloped relationship, the source said, the smart money is not on Mularkey opting to give Jones-Drew his money back.

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2 Responses to “Kahn and Jones-Drew Have a Private Meeting”

  1. don says:

    Honestly trading him is a no brainer! the jags have Rashard Jennings and could pick up some goo dplayers for mjd! wrote more about why here

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