Falcons news: Atlanta GM 'very encouraged' by Julio Jones contract talks
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Falcons GM ‘very encouraged’ by Julio Jones contract talks

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones skipped mandatory minicamp last year due to discontent over his current contract. But it doesn’t look as if there will be that sort of drama this year.

According to Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Jones will attend minicamp next month and could even join in some OTAs. Dimitroff also says he’s “very encouraged” by extension talks with Jones’ agent, Jimmy Sexton.

“Both parties are in a good place,” Dimitroff said. “There’s no timeline but I’m not worried. Julio will be around while we’re working on it.”

Jones is in the fourth year of a five-year, $71 million extension he signed back in 2015. He’s set to earn a base salary of $9.6 million in 2019. The Falcons reworked his contract to give him a slight raise last season in order to end his holdout.

With salaries for wide receivers continuously rising, Jones is now way down the list of the highest paid wideouts despite the fact that he’s still one of, if not the best receiver in the entire league based on production.

Jones had another brilliant season in 2018 as he had 113 catches for an NFL-best 1,677 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Jones has now picked up at least 1,400 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons.

There’s no doubt that with that elite-level production, Jones has earned himself an improved deal. And based on Dimitroff’s comments, Jones looks set to receive that deal before the start of the season, which would likely see him putting up big numbers for the Falcons for the foreseeable future.