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Maurice Jones-Drew: 'I'd love to end my career in Jacksonville'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
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Maurice Jones-Drew, currently holding out from the Jaguars, believes that everything is "going to work out." Despite what you might believe Jim Irsay's implying, MJD's situation won't work out is via a Twitter-fueled trade to the division-rival Colts. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora was kind enough to shoot those rumors down Thursday night.

Perhaps that's for the best, as Jones-Drew said on Thursday, via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, that he wants to stay in Jacksonville and would "love to end my career here in Jacksonville."

"It's a part of the business, but I'd rather be here," Jones-Drew said Thursday from a Jacksonville-area car dealership. "I'd rather stay here with my team, my family. I talk to my teammates every day, my kids go to school here, I'm rooted here in Jacksonville with the NFL. I'd love to end my career here in Jacksonville, but part of the business is sometimes you can't do things you want."

Ah, the old "but" clause that always ruins everything. The problems for Jones-Drew is that the Jaguars aren't interested in moving him (at this point anyway), there's no one interested in paying what the Jaguars would even want to make a deal happen and unless Jones-Drew caves and reports, he's going to end up simply sitting out the season.

The running back sounded optimistic that things wouldn't get to that point however.

"I don't think we're there yet [missing a regular-season game]," he said. "We're moving forward to doing something. It's day by day. I hope we can get something done."

Am I missing something here? Because unless they're putting on the greatest bluff in holdout history, the Jaguars aren't caving here. I respect the hell out of MJD as a football player (and a person) and I think he has a legitimate beef with his decision to try and get more money before he turns 30 and his skills start to decline.

But the Jaguars really don't look like they're going to crack here. Which means if Jones-Drew wants to both get paid and remain in Jacksonville, it continues to look like his only option is going to be showing up and playing football.

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