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NFL roundup: Jaguars GM says Jones-Drew will not get new contract

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Jaguars' general manager Gene Smith met with reporters Monday and confirmed Maurice Jones-Drew's desire for a new contract.

Smith also underscored the Jaguars' position: The team has no plans to give Jones-Drew a new deal.

"He has expressed that he would like to renegotiate and we have expressed again that we feel he has a contract with two years left that we expect him to fulfill those obligations," Smith said.

Jones-Drew, who signed a five-year, $31.5 million deal in 2009. If all other current contracts remain unchanged, Jones-Drew would be the eighth-highest paid player at his position in 2012. He's vastly underpaid relative to two of the NFL's top-salaried running backs and division rivals Chris Johnson (Titans) and Arian Foster (Texans). Vikings running back Adrian Peterson signed a seven-year, $96 million deal in September and is also 27 years old.

Jones-Drew is scheduled to earn $4.45 million for the 2012 season.

The NFL's leading rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew hasn't participated in the offseason program. He had 1,606 rushing yards last season on a roster that featured few offensive weapons.

--Rex Ryan has a new physique, but his mindset remains the same. His goal is the Super Bowl.

Ryan told The Dan Patrick Show the Jets' talent and youth gives him more confidence than ever before.

"The depth is really going to help us," said Ryan.

Ryan said he weighs about 257 pounds, down from 350 when he had lapband surgery in 2010.

The Jets went 8-8 and missed the playoffs last season, but stayed in the headlines with an offseason trade for Tim Tebow.

"Quite honestly, our team has handled it well. Tim has handled it well," Ryan said of the extra attention given with Tebow in the mix.

--Giants' offensive lineman David Diehl was arraigned on driving while intoxicated charges and released on Monday.

He is scheduled to appear in court July 26.

Diehl was arrested for DWI on Sunday morning in Queens, New York, with a blood alcohol content of .18, twice the legal level.

The 10-year veteran has 140 career starts.

--The Giants waived tight end Jake Ballard after a failed physical and signed defensive tackle Rocky Bernard to take his roster spot.

If Ballard goes unclaimed, it's expected he'll be brought back with a physically-unable-to-perform designation.

Bernard played in every game last season and is entering his 11th NFL season.

Ballard started 13 games in 2011 and finished fourth on the team with 38 receptions for 604 yards. He had two catches in the Super Bowl before tearing his ACL in the third quarter.

--Commissioner Roger Goodell believes the technology is in place for the NFL to use electronic concussion tests on the sideline in 2012.

Goodell told that in addition to testing concussions and head injury on the sideline with computers or an electronic tablet, the NFL plans to use replay to inform athletic trainers when to take a closer look at a player.

--The Bengals signed third-round pick Mohamed Sanu to a four-year contract.

Sanu set a Big East record with 115 receptions last season and was graded by as a top-45 draft pick. But he fell to the third round and the Bengals, looking for a No. 2 receiver to pair with 2011 first-rounder A.J. Green, like what they've seen in offseason workouts.

--The Dolphins' OTA session open to the media on Monday showcased David Garrard as the No. 1 quarterback, not incumbent starter Matt Moore or eighth overall pick Ryan Tannehill.

Of course, at this juncture of the offseason, the order and number of reps taken can be misread and misleading. Coaches often downplay the structured drills because players aren't truly judged for on-field performance until they're in pads and helmets.

Moore started the final 12 games last season for the Dolphins. Owner Stephen Ross projected Moore, not Tannehill or Garrard, would be the team's starter when the regular season begins.

--Derrick Mason was a model of consistency for most of his 15 seasons in the NFL.

Mason announced his retirement Monday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. He entered the NFL with the Tennessee Oilers as a fourth-round pick in 1997 and joined the Ravens in 2005 and spent six seasons with the franchise.

"The piece of my body that I play with the most was still here in Baltimore," said Mason, who spent 10 seasons as a teammate of the late Steve McNair, first in Tennessee and then again with the Ravens in 2006 and '07.

He's Baltimore's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and general manager Ozzie Newsome said Monday that Mason did more for the Ravens than any other free agent addition.

--Acquitted of sexual assault in March, former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox is being sued by the woman who accused him of the crime. Current Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas is also listed in the civil suit seeking unspecified damages.

Cox did not testify at his trial. Because the burden of proof isn't as weighty in civil lawsuits, the 2010 incident will be brought back to light by a woman who filed the suit as "Jane Doe" according to the Denver Post.

The woman alleged she was drugged before being taken to Cox's apartment and assaulted and became pregnant.

Cox signed a two-year deal with the 49ers in the offseason after a jury ruled in his favor.

--Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson must serve a three-game suspension to start the 2012 season as a result of his guilty plea on drug charges in Kentucky.

The NFL announced the suspension in a statement Monday.

Simpson will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Monday, September 24 following the team's September 23 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Simpson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games."

Simpson, 26, admitted in court that he accepted a package of marijuana. In exchange, prosecutors amended the charge from one count of trafficking marijuana in excess of eight ounces to one count of prohibited acts relating to controlled substances.

---The Cardinals signed first-round pick Michael Floyd to a four-year contract and also agreed to terms with third-round pick cornerback Jamell Fleming on Monday.

Floyd, 6-4, 221, was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Floyd's contract, which includes a fifth-year option, is expected to be worth just over $10 million with a $5.75 million signing bonus.

Fleming, the 80th overall pick, was a standout at Oklahoma and could work his way into an impact role as a rookie.

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