Maurice Jones-Drew skips mandatory minicamp | NFL
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the opening day of a mandatory minicamp, showing how disgruntled he is about his contract. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing last season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One day after the Jacksonville Jaguars took a strong stance on Maurice Jones-Drew's contract situation, the standout running back made his feelings equally clear.
Jones-Drew skipped the opening day of a mandatory minicamp Tuesday, showing how disgruntled he is about his current deal, and he reportedly has no plans to join the Jaguars for any part of the three-day practice session.
Coach Mike Mularkey can fine Jones-Drew up to $60,000 if he misses the entire minicamp.
Jones-Drew, 27, who led the league in rushing last season with 1,606 yards, has two years remaining on a five-year contract worth $31 million. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.
Seven backs in the league make more money.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said the team has no plans to renegotiate with Jones-Drew, setting the stage for a potentially lengthy holdout.
Forte, Reed absent
Other high-profile players not at minicamps included Chicago's Matt Forte, a Pro Bowl running back, and Baltimore's Ed Reed, a Pro Bowl safety.
Forte was absent as expected, with his franchise-player tender remaining unsigned. His staredown with Bears management continues, and coach Lovie Smith seems to be staying out of it.
Asked if the situation bothered him, Smith said, "It's not an issue for me, and it can't be.
"During the course of the year, you have guys who aren't here for whatever reason. You coach the guys who can go, who can practice. We've been spending all our time with that. I know Matt Forte. I'm sure he's getting ready to go. But in the meantime, the best thing we can do for the Chicago Bears is just keep this train going, which we've done."
Forte hasn't signed his $7.74 million tender, and he has a July 16 deadline to agree to a multiyear deal with more guaranteed money. He is not required to attend minicamp because he is not under contract.
Meanwhile, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said he hasn't talked with Reed, adding, "I'm not sure what the situation is."
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis expressed confidence Reed would be in attendance at training camp in late July.
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