What would training camp be without a little bit of drama, right? Jacksonville sure has plenty of it with the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew and the 'fine' controversy.
I understand exactly what Shahid Khan, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner, is thinking. MJD is under contract; two years left. Technically and legally there is no need to pay him any more than what he is already getting. It isn't Khan's fault that MJD has played better than his contract.
That's the joy for a businessman in the NFL though; getting more for your money. Too often owners end up paying on the promise of results (like they used to do with rookie contracts). Now negotiations are skewed in the owner's favor.
However, what he's not understanding is that he is a new owner and his team has not been that good for some time. In fact, the only players that have really been producing with an regularity is his kicker (Josh Scobee) and MJD.
Business is business, but sometimes you have to bend. The Jags need MJD in camp. He is the team leader and the best weapon they have. They need to have him operating on all cylinders when the season starts in order to give the team any chance at being competitive.
Throw the man a bone Khan and move on before you alienate your best player and biggest draw. There will be plenty of teams that would love to steal him when he becomes a free agent...