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


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.