Unable to agree on a new contract with star RB Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jacksonville Jaguars have received a stern demand to trade the disgruntled holdout from the front offices of the Indianapolis Colts, the Tennessee Titans, and the Houston Texans.
“It’s clear that the working relationship between Maurice and the Jaguars is irreparably severed,” said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak . ”At this point, it’s obviously in the best interest of both parties to make a clean break and go their separate ways.
“I can state with certainty that (Jones-Drew) should never put on a Jacksonville uniform again,” echoed Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. ”The time has come to end this stalemate and trade him to a team that will truly appreciate his talents. Preferably one somewhere in the NFC.”
Despite the fact that Jones-Drew has been one of the league’s premier players over the last several years, as well as the face of the small market franchise, Jaguars owner Shad Khan has steadfastly refused to renegotiate the pro bowl runner’s contract. After receiving Tuesday’s demand, initial reports indicate that Khan is unlikely to trade his team’s best player.
“If Jaguars management continue to refuse this very reasonable request, we’ll have no choice but to advise Maurice to sit out the entire 2012 season,” said Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. ”Or, barring that, maybe just pull a Barry Sanders and retire while he’s still on top. That way, he won’t be able to do any more damage.”
“To his health, I mean,” Munchak added quickly. ”He should retire so he can’t do any more damage to his health.”