Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Sports

Jag returns without deal

JACKSONVILLE — Maurice Jones-Drew remains as passionate as ever about his value.

So when the Jaguars running back ended his 38-day holdout Sunday without a new contract, he had no apologies, no regrets and no concerns about his standing with the franchise.

"I'm in a good place," he said. "I did something I felt was right. … I'm not going to feel wrong for what I did at all. And that's why I can come back and not have a negative attitude. I think if you regret things, you're going to come back salty, be a distraction, things like that."

Jones-Drew arrived at the team facility, chatted with teammates and then had a talk with coach Mike Mularkey. Jones-Drew, who missed the preseason, considered missing games and paychecks.

"It really wasn't about budging," said Jones-Drew, who later took a conditioning test. "For me, it got to the point where I wasn't going to be traded. Obviously, they weren't going to pay me."

Mularkey can fine Jones-Drew up to $30,000 a day for the time missed, plus $60,000 for a three-day mandatory minicamp in June, meaning the total tab could be $1.2 million. Jones-Drew declined to say what was discussed regarding a fine.

Jones-Drew is scheduled to make $4.45 million this year and $4.95 million next year. He wanted to renegotiate the final two years of a five-year, $31 million deal that paid him nearly $22 million the past three seasons. Owner Shad Khan and GM Gene Smith refused, not wanting to set a precedent of paying players in the middle of lucrative deals.

Seahawks release Winslow: Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow was let go after he declined to take a pay cut from the $3.3 million he was scheduled to earn, the Seattle Times reported.

Patriots stash Demps: Former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who signed with New England over Tampa Bay, was put on injured reserve and will not play this season even though an MRI exam showed his leg injury is not serious, the Boston Herald reported. Coach Bill Belichick said Demps will not get the short-term IR label that allows teams to bring one player back during the season.

Cowboys: Tight end Jason Witten will have a CT scan to determine if his cut spleen is healed and won't know until Tuesday if he will be cleared to play Wednesday against the Giants in the league's season opener.

Giants: Receiver Hakeem Nicks was sore and did not practice, but he expects to play against the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Panthers: Receiver Steve Smith (foot infection) and linebacker Jon Beason (hamstring) practiced and could play against the Bucs in their opener Sunday. Running back Jonathan Stewart (sprained ankle) is limited to pool workouts for now.

Saints: Former USF cornerback Jerome Murphy, released by the Rams, was picked up by the Saints, Profootballtalk.com reported.

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