Maurice Jones-Drew is now willing to be traded. The Jacksonville Jaguars holdout running back would have you believe that making such a declaration amounts to a magnanimous gesture where he’s giving something up. That is not the case at all. Maybe MJD is more willing to be traded today than he was yesterday. But the fact is, it doesn’t matter. The Jaguars don’t need his consent to trade him.
The last time Roger Goodell and Shahid Khan stood on a stage together, the square-jawed commissioner introduced the world to the mustachioed Jacksonville Jaguars' new owner. Goodell and Khan shared a stage again on Tuesday. This time they were introducing the Jaguars to a new audience with news of a deal that will make the teal and black the home team at London's Wembley Stadium from 2013 through 2016. A long line of civic and business leaders flanked Goodell and Khan, including Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. They were there to tout what they believe to be a myriad of economic benefits wrapped up in the deal for all parties.
Eugene Monroe will be in Baltimore Thursday, but he won’t play. Monroe, the Jaguars’ starting left tackle, will be among several frontline players and/or starters who won’t play in the team’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Mike Mularkey said Tuesday afternoon. Monroe sustained a hit to the head last Wednesday and missed the team’s preseason victory at New Orleans. He is in the team’s concussion program. Monroe will be tested again Friday, Mularkey said.
The setting Tuesday was as pristine as it gets in downtown Jacksonville, a private club on the 27th floor with a spectacular view of the St. Johns River. Big-wigs from the NFL, politics and local businesses dressed sharply for the occasion. Predictably, they gushed at a news conference about what a "win-win" situation it was for the Jaguars to move four home games to London over the next four years. We had overkill from speakers on the Jaguars' 2012 advertising catch-phrase of being "all in," but this occasion was much more than bells and whistles.
In the view of Shad Khan, there is no negative. A higher international profile. A global fan base. An opportunity for Jacksonville and its business community to grow. Khan, the Jaguars’ owner, said for all those reasons and more the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that the Jaguars will play a regular-season game in London’s Wembley Stadium each of the next four seasons is as positive a thing as can be imagined. "Very rarely do you see something in life where it’s a win-win for everybody," Khan told reporters minutes after and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement at a press conference at the University Club in downtown Jacksonville.