Sunday, September 2, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his 38-day holdout — without a new contract.
Jones-Drew arrived at the facility Sunday morning and chatted with teammates before meeting with coaches.
ESPN first reported Jones-Drew's decision.
The NFL's leading rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew skipped the team's entire offseason in a contract dispute. With coach Mike Mularkey able to fine him up to $30,000 a day — plus $60,000 for a mandatory minicamp — Jones-Drew could be out $1.2 million this season.
Jones-Drew wanted to renegotiate the final two years of a five-year, $31 million deal that paid him nearly $22 million the last three seasons. Owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith refused, not wanting to set a precedent of paying players in the middle of lucrative deals.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.