ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew could end up holding out for a couple of regular season games.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Jones-Drew missed the first game or two, Xavier,” wrote Schefter during his weekly mail bag. “Usually these holdouts get settled around Labor Day. That’s always an important time in lingering contractual issues. But something tells me this one will go a little longer, partly because of the strong comments that new Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made. Jones-Drew is a proud man, and Khan is a strong, successful man, and that equates to a late reporting date. Then, what should be a concern is Jones-Drew pulling a leg muscle. How many holdouts have we seen where the player tweaks a hamstring or quad muscle in his first week back? My sense is you’ll get a couple of games out of Jennings in your fantasy league, and possibly a bit more.”
I otherwise would be surprised if Jones-Drew forfeits any regular season game checks. But anything is possible, especially if Jones-Drew is determined to make a statement. The problem is that he doesn’t have any leverage since he has two years left on his current contract.