ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday discussed the strong likelihood that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew would extend his holdout into the regular season. During a SportsCenter segment, Schefter said, "There are no signs he's coming in anytime soon. It certainly looks like this is going to go into the start of the regular season and MJD will not be there for the Jaguars' regular season opener. Unless something changes between the two sides, and there are no indications that's happening anytime soon."
The problem here is that Jones-Drew front-loaded his contract. He has already earned roughly 70-percent of his contract and is 'only' scheduled to earn $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013. He would essentially would be playing with a pay cut, from his perspective at least. Unfortunately, this is the contract that he agreed to and with Rashad Jennings playing relatively well, he really doesn't have any leverage and perhaps never had any to begin with. The only way MJD could see the field anytime soon is if there is a trade.