Reports: Atlanta Falcons won't negotiate new deal with Julio Jones
The start of NFL preseason is almost here, but it’s unclear if former Alabama WR Julio Jones will take part in Atlanta Falcons training camp. Reports from multiple outlets say that the Falcons have declined Jones’ request for a new, or at least updated, contract.
Jones, who is coming off a 2017 Pro Bowl selection, is set to enter his eighth season in the NFL. He is currently in this third year of a five-year deal totaling more than $71 million and is set to earn a base salary of $10.5 million in 2018. Mark Inabinett of AL.com notes that Jones’ current deal ranks fifth in total value, ninth in average value and sixth in 2018 base value among the NFL wideouts.
One possible reason for Jones’ request could be the five-year, $80 million contract extension recently awarded to Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks.
The question now becomes whether Jones attend the team’s first practice on July 27. Jones did not attend the start of the team’s offseason program or mandatory minicamp.
For now, the Falcons have reportedly “promised” Jones to renegotiate his deal after the 2018 season. Everyone will learn next week whether that promise satisfies Jones.