The Jets believe the Jacksonville’s asking price for Jones-Drew would be too much for them to get involved at this point in time.
The Jaguars are reportedly unwilling to trade him, but there’s still a remote chance that something could get done. Jones-Drew has very little leverage in this situation, so the safer bet would to assume that he’ll continue to holdout and eventually show up at some point during the season.
Yesterday, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew generated some headlines after reports surfaced that he was open to being traded, following comments that were made by new owner Shad Khan.
Now Jones-Drew’s agent, Adisa Bakari, mentioned that he’s “open to bridging” his relationship with the team and Khan.
“The issue is who is going to extend the olive branch if there is going to be a reparation, because Jones-Drew, he is further entrenched in his holdout — he does not like the situation, the fact that Khan is discussing publicly what was supposed to be handled in private,” said Steve Wyche of NFL.com.
While Jones-Drew is probably deserving of a pay increase, he really has no one to blame other than his agent for the mess he’s currently in. Jacksonville knows that he has almost no leverage, considering that he’s under contract for two more years. The Jaguars really have no incentive to trade him either. They’re not going to get an impact player in return for him, so it seems more likely that Jones-Drew will eventually cave in on demands and join the team at some point. Whether that’s Week 1 or later remains to be seen.