JACKSONVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sits on the sidelines watching his team take on the Philadelphia Eagles at EverBank Field on September 26 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. The Eagles defeated the Jaguars 28-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is open to being traded, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Jones-Drew has been holding out and has yet to report to the Jaguars in the hopes of getting a new contract after leading the NFL in rushing this past season, but the Jaguars have been staunch in not wanting to give him a new deal with two-years left on his current contract.
Jones-Drew signed a five-year deal in 2009 prior to becoming the Jaguars starting running back, a deal that paid him like a top running back at the time. With the abundance of new deals for running backs, Jones-Drew obviously feels he should be compensated more, but the Jaguars do not wish to start a precedent of ripping up deals with multiple years remaining.
"Obviously he's not happy that what started as a very cordial and private conversation is now public and contentious," Jones-Drew's agent Adisa Bakari told Mark Long of the AP. "Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner that respects him and values what he brings to a team on the field, in the locker room and in the community."
Earlier on Tuesday at a press conference, Khan didn't seem bothered by the holdout.
"Train is leaving the station," said Khan. "Run, get on it."