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Falcons focusing on free agency ahead of extensions for White or Jones

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones races away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson to score. Reuters

The Falcons have a pair of wide receivers who could be in line for contract extensions this offseason, but Roddy White and Julio Jones are going to have to wait a bit before the team is ready to delve into negotiations.

General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday that the team is focused on free agents, their own and those from other teams, at the moment and that restructuring, extending or otherwise adjusting the contracts of players already on the team would come later in the process.

“As far as our focus right now, [it] is to continue to look at what we have on our team who are obviously going to be free agents this year and see how we can put the team together,” Dimitroff said, via the team’s website. “The guys who are under contract, they’re always going to be our focus, but we’re trying to figure out which way to go before we dig into restructuring, renegotiating or adding on.”

White is in the final year of his contract, which is set to pay him a $5 million salary and an extension would likely create some cap room to use immediately in Atlanta. Jones is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal, so there are fewer cap implications. The Falcons also hold a fifth-year option on Jones’ services and would need to exercise it before the May 3 deadline if they haven’t agreed on a longer deal.

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7 Responses to “Falcons focusing on free agency ahead of extensions for White or Jones”
  1. kane337 says: Feb 21, 2014 2:40 PM

    ATL Falcons #1

  2. beckzhere says: Feb 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    I wonder which Free Agents they’re targeting?

  3. jacobslatter says: Feb 21, 2014 7:34 PM

    My psychic powers reveal unto me that Atlanta will go after offensive & defensive line in free agency, aside from Gabe Carimi.

  4. headbustafromaugusta says: Feb 22, 2014 6:25 AM

    Is it safe to say they are not resigning Hardy now with this move?

  5. atlfan31833 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:08 AM

    Gut feeling…

    They are targeting one of the DE free agents and another OL free agent. They already have some young talented DE’s like Malliciah, Goodman, Massauoi, and Maponga. They also have Biermann coming back from injury.

    BUT…its all going to depend on whether they get a DE, LB, or OL for their first pick. I’m hoping for OL because by the 6th pick they won’t get the best at any position and I’d rather they not trade up because they have a lot of wholes to fill which was made painfully obvious this last year with injuries (that happen to every team, I know).

  6. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:17 AM

    ATL Falcons #1? Not judging by their record.

  7. 504in860 says: Mar 2, 2014 4:18 AM

    Falcons haven’t signed a good free agent since Michael Turner, so…

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