Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back of eight seasons Maurice Jones-Drew recently signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders in free agency. He met with the media on Friday via a conference call and had an interesting comment about his time with the Jaguars, noting he felt that he was "wronged" by the team.
While the statement seems rather odd, considering Jones-Drew was a fan darling for the Jaguars and their only nationally recognizable player, it feels like this is Jones-Drew's standard contrived motivational ploy.
If you remember, Jones-Drew chose the No. 32 when he was drafted by the Jaguars in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft because it was the number of teams who passed on him in the first round, including the team who picked him. Jones-Drew seems one to always be playing the "disrespect" card, be it real or fabricated.
Jacksonville radio host on 1010XL, Mike Dempsey, is planning to try to get him on a show so that he can clarify his comments.
After playing out most of his rookie contract with the Jaguars, Jones-Drew signed a five-year extension worth $31 million, of which he received all of. He held out prior to the start of the 2012 season in hopes of cashing in on one more payday, but new owner Shad Khan didn't budge and Jones-Drew eventually reported to camp and didn't make much mention about a contract after that.
The Jaguars willingly let the 28-year old running back hit the open market in the 2014 offseason.
Then again, Jones-Drew will probably say his comments were taken out of context. That's kind of his modus operandi.