Falcons rumors: Atlanta ‘confident’ in getting long-term deal done with Julio Jones
In April of this year, the Falcons said that they didn’t believe they weren’t far apart on a deal with star wide receiver Julio Jones. Although it’s now June and nothing has been signed, Atlanta is “confident” they can hammer out a long-term contract extension with the receiver before then, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN.
Jones skipped the voluntary portion of the offseason program this year, reporting for the mandatory minicamp last week. He did not fully participate, choosing to take a deliberate approach after playing through a foot injury last season.
Jones said last week he wasn’t sweating a new deal, confident that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will keep his promise to him.
“Nah, man, as far as the contract thing, Mr. Blank has spoken,” Jones said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.”
The team adjusted Jones’ deal last year before training camp after he skipped their offseason program. He signed a five-year, $71.3 million extension in 2015, putting him under contract through the 2020 season, but Jones’ $14.25 million annual average ranks 12th at the position.
Receivers that are making more than Jones include, Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Adam Thielen, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, A.J. Green, Devante Adams, and Stefon Diggs.
Jones, 30, made his sixth Pro Bowl last season. He is a two-time All-Pro and has made 698 catches for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns in his eight seasons. Last year, Jones led the league with 1,677 passing yards and had eight touchdowns. He also played a full 16-game season for the second year in a row despite battling chronic foot injuries.