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Report: Teams calling Jaguars about Jones-Drew

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The Jaguars are answering the phone, but they aren't intently listening to inquiries regarding holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew, per NFL Network, said through his agent that he's open to a trade but also agreeable to meeting the Jaguars in the middle on a new contract. Those different viewpoints from Jones-Drew apparently having changed the feeling of Jaguars' management as expressed -- and now repeated -- by owner Shad Khan.

Khan and general manager Gene Smith are holding their ground on the Jaguars' position in the matter, that they don't plan to budge.

"Train's leaving the station. Run, get on it," Khan said, adding that not having Jones-Drew was not a "great concern."

The gap between Jones-Drew and management seems to be widening, and it's unclear whether Jones-Drew will return in time for the Jaguars' Sept. 9 opener against the Vikings.

Jones-Drew, who was the NFL's leading rusher last season, wants a new deal, although he has two years remaining on his existing five-year $31 million contract. He is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season and $4.95 million in 2013.

The New York Jets, who have parted with multiple draft picks with GM Mike Tannenbaum at the helm, are reportedly one of the interested suitors.
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