JACKSONVILLE, FL (The Spread) – Exciting continues to build around the NFL as training camp nears but for the Jacksonville Jaguars, things are tense these days.
New head coach Mike Mularkey told the Florida Times Union that the Jaguars don’t know whether or not running back Maurice Jones-Drew will report to training camp on time. Jones-Drew faces a maximum $30,000 for missing the first day and he could be fined at that same clip every single day he foregoes practice.
“Well deal with the players who are here and are hoping he is one of them,” Mularkey said.
Jones-Drew signed a five-year, $30.95 million contract back in April of 2009 but he and his camp feels as though that he has outperformed his contract. The deal contains $17.5 million in guaranteed money, which included a $9 million signing bonus.
The Jaguars and Cleveland Browns currently have the worst odds of any of the 32 NFL teams to win the 2013 Super Bowl. The Jags also have the worst odds to win the 2013 AFC Championship, along with the Browns, at 75/1. Jacksonville is +1500 on the money line to win the 2013 AFC South Division as well.
Players are expected to report to training camp this Thursday, July 26. They’re set to practice at 9:45 a.m. on Friday so it’ll be interesting to see if Jones-Drew will be in attendance when the Jaguars gear up later this week.