Agent says Maurice Jones-Drew is upset with team owner | NFL
Maurice Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, said the Jacksonville Jaguars' running back is upset with owner Shad Khan's recent public comments about his client's 27-day holdout.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout appears far from over.
His agent, Adisa Bakari, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the Jacksonville Jaguars' running back is upset with owner Shad Khan's recent public comments about his client's 27-day holdout.
"Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team — on the field, in the locker room and in the community," Bakari said.
ESPN reported Jones-Drew, who led the league with 1,606 yards rushing last season, is open to being traded.
When asked whether he would be willing to trade Jones-Drew, Khan said he is "not going to get into all the theses and hypotheses."
Last week, Khan said MJD's absence "doesn't even move the needle" in terms of stress.
His message to Jones-Drew?
"Train's leaving the station. Run, get on it," Khan said.
Bakari made it clear that those statements don't sit well with Jones-Drew.
"Obviously, he's not happy that what started as a very cordial and private conversation is now public and contentious," Bakari said.
Jones-Drew, 27, has two years remaining on a five-year, front-loaded contract worth $31 million. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars announced they will play one home game at Wembley Stadium in London for four consecutive seasons beginning in 2013.
"I passionately believe the big growth now is going to come from overseas," Khan said.
"We've got to go where we can leverage and take advantage of some of those things."
Peterson won't play
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will not play in either of the Vikings' final two exhibition games, a decision coach Leslie Frazier confirmed.
So is it a 100 percent certainty Peterson will be on the field Sept. 9 for the regular-season opener against Jacksonville?
"My goal is the same," Peterson said. "I want to be out there for that first game."
Peterson has impressed coaches with his recovery from knee surgery.
• Running back Clinton Portis, 30, is announcing his retirement, nearly two years after he played his last league game.
Portis played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and seven with Washington. He ends his career 77 yards shy of 10,000 yards rushing and ranks No. 27 on the all-time list.