The 27-year-old Jones-Drew, a three-time All-Pro who last year won the NFL rushing crown and established the Jaguars record for amassing the most yards on the ground in a season with 1,606, skipped Jacksonville’s entire offseason program.
The 5-foot-7, 208 pound Oakland native, who is expected to earn $4.45 million this autumn and $4.95 million in 2013, could be fined $30,000 for every day he misses training camp starting tomorrow.
“There’s no decision here,” said Khan, 62, a Pakistani-born American businessman who purchased the Jags from Wayne Weaver last November. “It’s his choice. There’s been very little for us to do rather than wait on whatever he might choose to do.”
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign graduate, who moved to the United States at 16 and became a billionaire after buying automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate Corporation in 1980 with a $50,000 loan and $16,000 in personal savings, continued explaining why Jones-Drew’s deal won’t be restructured.
“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?”
Jones-Drew, who dons the number 32 as a reminder he was originally snubbed by all 32 NFL franchises after bolting from Westwood as a junior, is a truly spectacular football player.
The former Bruin is also a diligent and gritty man that deserves respect.
Nevertheless, despite performing in a savage collision sport, Jones-Drew needs to understand “there are other people under contract” in “The Bold New City of the South.”
As Shad Khan rhetorically questioned, “Where do you draw the line?”
Maurice Jones-Drew has an obligation to honor, and fulfill, the agreement he signed.by