JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars leaves the field following the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 19-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
While the Jacksonville Jaguars primary focus in the coming week will be trying to sort out which free agents the team plans to target in free agency, there could also be something else potentially looming. The Jaguars signed running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a five-year, $30.95 million contract prior to the 2009 season. Following that contract, Jones-Drew has gone on to make three straight Pro Bowls, three straight All Pro teams, and is coming off a season in which he won the rushing title. All the while, multiple running backs have signed massive deals that dwarf Jones-Drew's.
While Jones-Drew is due roughly $4.45 million for the 2012 season, it's possible he could come to the Jaguars with just two years left on his contract asking for a new. For one that pays him o the same level of the players he's out rushing, on a far worse offensive team. The Texans just signed Arian Foster to a five-year $43.5 million deal. Last season, the Tennessee Titans signed Chris Johnson to a six-year, $55.26 million deal while the Carolina Panthers signed DeAngelo Williams to a five-year, $43 million deal back in July of 2011.
Don't be shocked if the Jaguars and Jones-Drew talk contract prior to the season. Or at the very least, Jones-Drew talks new contract. And don't be surprised if he misses voluntary workouts.