Jacksonville Jaguars Should Be Looking to Trade Maurice Jones-Drew

Shane ClemonsContributor IAugust 5, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars leaves the field following the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 19-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The face of the Jacksonville Jaguars is Maurice Jones-Drew. No one is questioning that, but he is jeopardizing his high character standing by extending his contract holdout into training camp.

Until recently, I would have told you that Maurice Jones-Drew is an invaluable player for the Jaguars. That all changed when reports began flowing in that backup running back Rashad Jennings was more than just a change-of-pace runner.

In fact, it turns out that Jennings may be a capable starter.

Maurice Jones-Drew is set to make $4.45 million this season, and he may not be worth working with if he continues to show displeasure over the remaining two years on his contract.

It's at this time that I feel obligated to point out that I don't expect Jones-Drew to be traded. Any team that would trade for Jones-Drew would have to restructure his contract to get him on the field, and the return for the Jaguars would be equivalent to trading stocks for pennies on the dollar.

Still, I believe the Jaguars should be looking to move their suddenly troublesome running back. The harsh truth is that Maurice Jones-Drew will have a very difficult time reproducing his gaudy numbers from 2011 in Mike Mularkey's new offense.

The Jaguars are attempting to execute an organizational rebirth this season, and Maurice Jones-Drew has become a liability to the team. Sometimes it's healthier for both parties to simply move on from a bad situation, and this is beginning to look like one of them.