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Allowing their starting tailback to sit out rather than renegotiate MJD's current contract, Jacksonville is trying to send a message to the league's reigning rushing champion. Meanwhile, for his forthcoming seventh season, Jones-Drew wants more than the two years and $9 million remaining on the original five-year, $31 million contract. If this impasse continues, expect a direct impact on the Jags record, not to mention it stunting the development of second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert without the Pro Bowler behind him to relieve pressure from opposing defenses.

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