On the day that will be day one of Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout, the three-time All-Pro running back's reasons for holding out are clear. Jones-Drew is unhappy with the contract he signed and wants a new one. But even so, what's his goal for this holdout?
If his goal is to get a new deal, it's pretty clear that it's not going to happen. There's no reason for the Jaguars to concede at all and Jones-Drew is in a position where nothing will get accomplished by the holdout. Our own Alfie Crow asked on SB Nation Tampa Bay, what's MJD's end game here?
What does Jones-Drew hope to accomplish with all of this? Does he believe that it's going to lead him to a new deal? Does he believe it's going to force the team to trade him to a team who will give him a new deal?
The only thing Jones-Drew is accomplishing at this moment is pissing everyone, including the fans, off.
The fact of the matter is Jones-Drew has absolutely zero leverage with his holdout. Even with Jones-Drew leading the NFL in rushing in 2011, the team went 5-11 and was a non-factor in a handful of games. While an impressive feat, it didn't really seem to add a whole lot to the team's overall record. If Jones-Drew skips out the 2012 season and the Jaguars wind up 4-12 and miss the playoffs again, there is no real difference. Certainly not enough to wield any kind of leverage.