ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Taking a piece of news and overreacting ten-fold is an easy way to make yourself heard. Perhaps that's what Justin Barney of the Florida Times-Union was going for when he suggested that the Jaguars should trade Maurice Jones-Drew if he continues to force the issue of a new contract. At least, I hope so, because that has to be the single worst take from anyone with a halfway decent platform to speak from.
No Justin, the Jaguars should not "work the phones and get him out of town quick" to prove a point. In fact, that proves the complete opposite and would say to the players, 'Hey, if you don't like your contract with the Jaguars, just skip a couple practices and we'll send you to a new team willing to negotiate with you.'
The Jaguars are not going to trade the player who is hands down the best playmaker on the team and led the NFL in rushing the season prior. My source? That would be my brain and the common sense that I own.
So, no Mr. Barney the Jaguars should not trade Jones-Drew and they won't. And no ESPN, you shouldn't be running with this idea.