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Falcons’ WR Julio Jones not concerned about lack of new contract

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not too concerned about his contract situation.

Jones initially made light of the situation to the media, referencing his mortgage, before he got serious with his answer.

Nah, man, as far as the contract thing, (owner) Mr. (Arthur) Blank has spoken,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, his word is gold. He said they are going to get something done between them and my agency. As far as me, I just hold up my end and stay ready.”

This is the second straight offseason Jones has had to answer questions about his contract, though this time around has been a bit less messy. Jones held out of the mandatory minicamp in 2018 before a compromise was struck with an adjustment to his salary at the start of training camp. There was a promise that a contract extension would get done this offseason.

Last season, Jones was the 11th-highest paid receiver, and he is slated to be 13th in the league in 2019, according to NFL stats. Tampa Bay’s Michael Evans ($20 million) is set to be highest paid, while Jones is at $13.4 million.

Last season, Jones led the league in receiving yards and targets while finishing fourth in receptions.

Jones is attending mandatory minicamp this year, after sitting out OTAs, but isn’t fully participating. coach Dan Quinn is on board with Jones’ offseason program — including not fully participating at minicamp and skipping OTAs.

“He is the type of teammate that enjoys the mentorship piece of it, and he takes that responsibility seriously to help the group and others,” Quinn said.