JACKSONVILLE FL - JULY 30: Maurice Jones-Drew 32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first day of Training Camp at EverBank Field on July 30 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been skipping the team's voluntary workouts and OTAs to no one's surprise. It's been reported that Jones-Drew is looking for a new contract, also to no one's surprise, after leading the NFL in rushing. Jones-Drew is expected by most to appear at Jaguars practices when they are mandatory as he has in the past, but language in the new CBA seem to hammer home the idea that Jones-Drew will show up.
When players skip mandatory mini-camp, the team's can fine the players. They can fine them a good deal of money.
Under Article 42, Section 1(ix) of the CBA, a player who skips one day of a mandatory minicamp may be fined up to $10,000. If he skips a second day, another $20,000 fine may be imposed. By completing the trifecta, a maximum additional fine of $30,000 may be assessed, bringing the total possible fine to $60,000.
All-in-all this is pretty standard operating procedure when players are looking for a trade or new contracts. Jones-Drew is highly likely to show up to mandatory practice, but don't expect him to not still be looking for a new contract.