Maurice Jones-Drew: What His Return Means to the Jacksonville Jaguars

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Maurice Jones-Drew: What His Return Means to the Jacksonville Jaguars
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Hello, Maurice.

Remember me, the disgruntled fan?

I’m the one who buys season tickets and waits for an investment, only to be told that you held out 38 days while 52 other position players braved the heat, punishment and stresses of preseason and offseason training.

What, you think you are deserving of more money and a better contract than the one you signed back in 2009 when you were just breaking out in this league? You wanted to be paid on potential, you wanted to be paid like other rising stars. You got what you asked for. You got the pie in the sky. We bought jerseys in your honor. We worshipped the ground you walked on and we understood you were and probably are one of the best small backs to ever play this game.

We, rather I as a fan, get that. I know the gem the Jaguars have. But I don’t need to hear from you, how you are angered by only making $4 million this season. Somehow, I think teachers in Duval country and service men and women have a hard time picking up what you are trying to put down.

C’mon man, get with the program.

I am happy you finally tucked your tail between your legs and came to your senses. Yes, the train was leaving the station. The new conductor (head coach Mike Mularkey) and his stewards (Blaine Gabbert, Paul Posluszny, Justin Blackmon and others) would have carried on without you.

The team had a new stallion ready to ride this season (Rashad Jennings) who loved coming to practice, being the top tailback and new his role on the team for just over $500,000 this season.

I call that bargain shopping.

But now that you are back in the fold with this team, please remember that you are playing for us and with us, not against us.  My meaning behind that is this is a team that could surprise some teams and the NFL as a whole. I am not talking about the playoffs yet, mainly because we are not there yet. But this is your chance to come in, shut your mouth (as you have said, this is just business) and make this team better than it was last season.

In the meantime, here are some reasons why your return is a good thing for the team, the NFL and the fans.

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