Report: MJD absence contract-related

Maurice Jones-Drew's absence from the Jacksonville Jaguars' "voluntary" mini-camp is contract related, says Pete Prisco of

Jones-Drew has two years left on his current contract that pays him $10 million per season, and sources tell Prisco that the running back has been hinting about a new contract for awhile now.

Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing in 2011, has a case since he is only the eighth highest-paid running back in the league currently.

But the Jaguars also know that MJD could be getting dangerously close to the end of his shelf life as a top-flight NFL running back as he just completed his sixth year in the league and would be 29 when his current contract is up.

How hard Jones-Drew forces the issue could make for an interesting sideshow surrouning the Jaguars and new coach Mike Mularkey, who no doubt wants his best offensive player to be available and ready as soon as possible.

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