As Maurice Jones-Drew‘s holdout reaches its 36th day, many in the NFL community are still flabbergasted that the league’s leading rusher isn’t on the field.
“There is nothing to say positive about Maurice Jones-Drew,” former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly told “NFL AM” Friday morning. “He signed a contract, he was No. 3 in the NFL when they paid him at that point, he has an obligation to finish that contract and be on the field.”
MJD’s camp might point out that with teams’ ability to cut players at any moment, the idea of a contract obligation in the NFL is slightly slanted and he is playing his only card.
“If he was concerned about out-doing the contract, he should have covered that in the negotiation by having some kind of escalator clause in the contract,” Casserly said. “He is in the wrong.”
We tend to bow to Casserly’s expertise in these matters. In hindsight, the man who many blasted for choosing Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young, recently was justified in his selection –- Young was released, Bush has had one good season in six and his guy got paid, albeit by a different team.
Casserly said the Jaguars could have made some concessions after the season ended, but at this point, it’s all on MJD to show up.
“I think from Jacksonville’s point of view, I would have been open at the end of the season to some kind of adjustment to the contract, maybe some incentives, roster bonuses, things like that,” Casserly said. “Jones-Drew is wrong, checked in this morning on it, nothing new in the negotiations and whether he’ll be back or not.”
With real games starting in a week –- and real game checks being lost by MJD –- here’s hoping the Jaguars’ best player ends his holdout this weekend.