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Former Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew said he considered retirement after last season

Posted: June 30, 2014 - 3:49pm  |  Updated: June 30, 2014 - 4:22pm
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew does an interview following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Jaguars won 29-27.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew does an interview following an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Jaguars won 29-27.

Former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders during the offseason, said he considered calling it quits after last season.

"For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn’t feel like I had it anymore,’’ Jones-Drew told the Los Angeles Times. "But that wasn’t the case. My trainer helped me get back and gain that foundation I’d lost with the surgery.’’

Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing in 2011, suffered a broken foot during a game against the Raiders in 2012. With his production declining, the Jaguars allowed Jones-Drew to become a free agent after last season and he signed with Oakland in March.

"I’m in the best shape of my life now, running fast, running hills, pulling sleds, cutting, jumping,’’ he said. "I’ve rededicated myself to my craft again.’’

Jones-Drew will wear No. 21 in Oakland. He said on ESPN’s SportsCenter Monday that he wanted that number with the Jaguars (he also wore it at UCLA), but defensive back Terry Cousin had it and wanted to charge Jones-Drew $200,000 for the number.

Jones-Drew instead settled on No. 32, a reference to the number of NFL teams that passed on taking him in the first round of the NFL draft. The Jaguars parted ways with Cousin the following year, but Jones-Drew kept No. 32.

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The Patient
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The Patient 07/04/14 - 10:05 am
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@JummyPx - the holdout was

@JummyPx - the holdout was for the exact reason of just what happened - he was a FA. MJD wanted a extension and some idea that he was in the plans for long term. This GM has shown he has very little loyalty to players but it was the former GM that made the decision for no new deal. The NFL is the ultimate sport of "what have you done for me lately" and the contracts are very one sided. MJD was using the only leverage he had to get a raise/extension and I do not understand the animosity that some fans have. If these contracts were guaranteed then I would back the owners 100% but as long as they cut players with years and money left on the deal I will never support them. I lived in DC when the strike years were around and the NFL was a have/have nots league that FA has now made the game better for all. I see one day contracts becoming guaranteed like the current rookie deals in the 1st round. Time well tell. I just don't understand the hateful comments from some (not only you) for a player that did so much for this franchise. I have said it before in this thread and many other times - I pay to watch players play football. Period. I don't care about the GM and the (re)building plans year after year all I care is that they do there job well and put a good football team on the field. I am a results guy and don't fall into the "I believe" or "I have faith" in the GM's that have been and are currently here. For many in Jax they fight for the management and ownership over the players that perform. Henderson and Stroud - both dumped because if Gene/JDR. Shack and Gene both made poor decisions with many players. Sadly I see the same pattern with Caldwell - Daryl Smith, Eugene Monroe, MJD, Greg Jones - we will see. Some of my opinion comes from being a Skins fan for years in DC and watching players being well taken care of by Jack Kent Cooke whom I consider one of the best owners(formerly) in the NFL. He had a team of the Over the Hill gang and many players that other teams considered castoffs that he signed. It worked for them and whatever we are doing here in Jax is clearly not working.

Time will tell.

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Davethecaveman 07/04/14 - 08:41 am
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Actually it was a good time

Actually it was a good time for him to hold out. He just won the rushing title. The Jags were just sold. New owner, new coach. I had no problem with his decision. I did have a problem with his decision to not show up at training camp though. He should have ended it right then. He held out for 38 days through camp for nothing. Then when he came back he wasn't ready and got hurt. He not only hurt himself, but he hurt his team. So goes life. We make some good decisions and some bad. Now it's time for him to shine again and I believe he will.

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ALeo 07/03/14 - 11:26 am
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Actually I think that it was

Actually I think that it was shameful the way that they treated Gerrard.
The thing with MJD is that the holdout was STUPID with ZERO chance of success, so why do it ?? He still had a few years left on his contract that made him one of the top 10 highest paid RBs in the league. He and his agent front loaded that contract, so he started boohooing at the tail end because he wasn't making as much money. Shad Khan is a businessman and there is NO WAY he'd agree to a new contract for MJD because then he'd have a line out his door of every other guy wanting a new contract.
MJD must have one of the worst agents around because the holdout was horrible advice as was thinking that he'd get snapped up at the start of FA for a big contract. Instead he sat and sat and sat and was lucky the Raiders signed him. As it is, he better have a good camp or he might not make the team. If he hadn't of held out and had been reasonable contract-wise this year, he'd still be a Jag.

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The Patient 07/03/14 - 08:07 am
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Double

Double

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The Patient 07/03/14 - 08:06 am
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We will soon see what he has

We will soon see what he has left in the tank and how motivated he really is. Funny to read the bitterness from some fans about his holdout - this is the NFL and the Jags actually had a player good enough to try a holdout - and I wonder if those same fans had the same attitude about Garrard being cut while injured. It is a sad double standard that some fans have with the NFL and it's "contracts".

Good luck MJD some of us fans would rather watch good football players play football than cheer on the current GM for whatever moves they make.

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