Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com reports Maurice Jones-Drew's absence from the Jaguars' voluntary minicamp is related to his desire for a new contract.
Jones-Drew has reportedly been pushing for a new deal for the past couple of months. While he still has two years left on the contract he signed in 2009, MJD isn't happy to be just the eighth-highest paid back in the NFL after leading the league in rushing last season. Considering the relatively short shelf-life of the position, it's hard to fault Jones-Drew for trying to strike while the iron is hot. There are no indications that the Jags plan to rip up his old contract.
It's only voluntary minicamp but it something we should monitor.
MJD has two years remaining on his current deal - 2012: $4.45 million, 2013: $4.95 million,