Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew has so far declined to say anything publicly about his contract situation, but on Wednesday he gave a little when talking with NFL Network after being named the 12th-ranked player in their Top 100.
“What I can say about it is this is the side of the NFL that is just as real as Sunday: it’s the business side," Jones-Drew said. "It doesn’t get publicized as much as on the field and the Top 100 and those things, and this is what the NFL is really about.
"What I can say is that I hope that we can get something done, but to talk about it in the media is not going to hp. Hopefully we can have something where we can be able to get out there and play in the future."
According to people with knowledge of his thinking, Jones-Drew could stay away into the regular season.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has said he doesn't plan to renegotiate Jones-Drew's deal.
The team's "no negotiation" stance isn't a great sign since the two sides apparently aren't even talking. He is currently our #5 RB, but he carries a lot of risk at this point.