Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew wasn't planning on coming to the Jaguars mandatory minicamp, barring a change of mind. There was no change of mind for the Jaguars star running back. I've been told it's possible Jones-Drew takes this into the season. Gene Smith's insistence that he won't redo his contract isn't compelling him to return.
Jones-Drew hasn't spoken publicly about his desire for a contract, of which he let the team know early in the offseason. He has been the Jaguars most consistent performer for the past few years, even while playing on a torn meniscus through the 2010 season.
The other side of this is that the Jaguars feel they gave Jones-Drew a contract worth $31 million over five years in 2009 on the expectation that he would become a special player, but before he proved it.
We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds. As of now, it appears neither side is willing to give in easily. Rashad Jennings looks to be the handcuff to own just in case. He is returning from a 2011 knee injury. Montell Owens is currently behind Jennings on the depth chart.