REPORT: Falcons Tell Julio Jones He’s Not Getting A New Deal; Expects Him To Show For Camp
The Atlanta Falcons are essentially playing with fire right now.
It’s been a crazy offseason for them after superstar WR Julio Jones drew a line in the sand by first un-following everyone and deleting all Falcons related pictures from his accounts, then scaring the powers to be by working out with Terrell Owens during his contract dispute with the team. Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter stated last month that Jones’ relationship with the franchise was in “a bad place right now.”
It’s going to get even worse after the Falcons recently informed Jones that they have no plans of renegotiating Jones’ contract and giving him a raise for this season, according to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic.
“Sources familiar with contract talks told The Athletic the Falcons reaffirmed to Jones recently that they had not budgeted for a renegotiation this offseason and would not/could not rework his contract at this time. Jones is only two years into a five-year contract, and the team’s front office is focused on extending the expiring deals of defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, left tackle Jake Matthews and safety Ricardo Allen.”
For some odd reason, the team maintains hope that Jones will report to training camp on time next week.
Just before the 2015 season, Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension, but he’s only bringing in $10.5 million in base salary for 2018.