Falcons GM optimistic about Julio Jones contract talks
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff remains confident that the team will be able to come to terms on a new contract with star wide receiver Julio Jones.
“We have the utmost faith that Julio is coming here and he’s taking care of his business while he’s here, and we’ll keep plugging away with [Jones’ agent] Jimmy [Sexton],” Dimitroff said per Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “We have a very good working relationship and respect for Jimmy Sexton and CAA, and I’m confident [the deal] will get done.”
Jones reported to training camp Monday despite still not receiving a contract extension that was discussed last year. He trusts that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will stay true to his word that they will eventually get a deal done.
The Falcons had completed deals with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and linebacker Deion Jones ahead of training camp.
Jones still has two years and $21 million left on his contract. The Falcons renegotiated his current deal last year, which gave Jones an extra $2.9 million for 2018 and a promise that he would have a new contract in place the following year.
The 30-year-old Jones has consistently been among the very best wide receivers in the league. And due to his contact, he’s also been among the most underpaid players relative to his production.
He had another brilliant season in 2018 as he had 113 catches for 1,677 receiving yards (which led the league) and eight touchdowns.
Over the last five seasons, Jones has averaged over 100 catches for close to 1,600 yards and six touchdowns per season.