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NFL: Maurice Jones-Drew miffed at Jaguars team owner Shad Khan

August 22, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was a standout for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, but at the moment he's sitting out.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was a standout for the Jacksonville Jaguars… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is unhappy with comments made by team owner Shad Khan about his 28-day holdout.

“Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team — on the field, in the locker room and in the community,” Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, told the Associated Press.

Last week, Khan said that Jones-Drew's holdout "doesn't even move the needle” in terms of stress on the team and that he had better return to training camp because “[the] train's leaving the station. Run, get on it.”

And that is what escalated matters for Jones-Drew.

“Obviously, he's not happy that what started as a very cordial and private conversation is now public and contentious,” Bakari said.

Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing yards last season and now wants to renegotiate his contract to become one of the league's highest-paid running backs. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.

Khan says he will not negotiate a new deal and thinks Jones-Drew should honor the contract he signed.

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