Would Julio Jones hold out of training camp for a new deal?

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Falcons receiver Julio Jones reportedly will skip voluntary offseason workouts as he tries to get an adjustment to a deal that currently pays him far less than other less talented and accomplished receivers. If he doesn’t get the adjustment, what will he do?

With a contract that runs through 2020, Jones could have a hard time getting the team to rip up the deal and give him a new one now. As a result, he may have to take a real stand, making it clear that he won’t show up for anything until his $14.25 million annual average gets closer to market value that his current spot at No. 8 on the receiver pay scale.

It’s also possible that Jones wants to get the team’s attention not because he’s $2.75 million per year behind the top of the receiver market but because he’s averaging less than 50 cents on the dollar in comparison to Matt Ryan‘s new deal. From Jones’ perspective, seeing Ryan get $30 million per year while getting only $14.25 million himself may seem out of whack.

However it plays out, Jones surely knows that now is the time to do something, especially with his 30th birthday looming in early 2019. Ryan, who already is on his third contract, may end up with a fourth. For Jones, the next one may be the last one, and if he waits three more years, the next one may not be nearly as close to the top of the market as it would be if he were to get a new deal now.

19 responses to “Would Julio Jones hold out of training camp for a new deal?

  1. Part of the reason Matt Ryan makes so much more than Julio Jones is because Matt Ryan touched the ball 1,024 times in 2017 (that’s 100% of the plays for numerically impaired) yet Julio only only played 765 (74%) and was only targeted on 148 plays.

    Julio is a phenomenal receiver, his numbers do not lie. But to think “I’m only getting half of what my Pro Bowl franchise quarterback makes” is blasphemy.

  2. I just don’t get it. Everybody wants a long term deal, but a couple years into it, they want to renegotiate it?????? Let’s just go with 2 year contracts and be done with it.

  3. Teams need to take a stand and tell players they have 3 more years under a contract that they signed, and the team expects them to honor their word. Also, its one thing to pay a QB, the entire offense goes through them. You can’t over pay anywhere else and hope to win a SB.

  4. Then he should have negotiated a 3 year deal instead of a 6 year contract.
    Do these dopes not notice that the cap goes up EVERY year?

  5. I think this tells us what Julio really thinks about Ryan. Julio knows that Ryan is a good but not elite QB and without Julio or a Tony Gonzales he can’t win games for them. The money should be spent on the true impact players. The Falcons don’t seem to want to pay these guys. They fought Devante before they paid him but eagerly opened the wallet for Ryan. Ryan arguably cost them the Super Bowl as much as anyone by taking sacks and/or not audible to a running play.

  6. Matt Ryan has greatly benefited from the cycle of over spending on QBs to the detriment of the rest of the team AND they’re overpaying a RB.

    Falcons gave up W-A-Y too much to get Julio and should’ve traded him two years ago. Now they’ll overpay Julio or risk carrying a disgruntled player on the roster for several years or trade him for below market value.

    Either way, they’re screwed.

  7. Ryan without Julio is like Dalton without AJ Green. Julio has made Matt Ryan’s career. Although in his only SB, he couldn’t seal the deal. Unlike Joe Flacco and Nick Foles who are both SB MVPs. If OBJ deserves $20mil/yr, Julio deserves $25mil/yr.

  8. As with all these guys who get surpassed after a few years, sign a shorter term contract. When he signed his 6 year deal 3 seasons ago, he set the market. And as always the next top flight guy set it the following year & the next year & so on forever. If you don’t want to be “underpaid” later, sign a shorter contract with less long term stability, bet on yourself, & hope you stay healthy. If not, remember, you’re the one that signed for so many years.

  9. $14.25 for the next 3….
    Renegotiate to $20 per for how ever many he wants.
    Due to age, bad foot and assorted other nicks will he be worth $20 beyond the 2nd year?

    Is he going to negotiate himself into being released when the cap gets tough when the defensive contracts come due?

  10. Not after the way he played last year! Besides, the falcons done gave all the money to Matty ice.

  11. I imagine the Falcons are getting pretty tight against the cap – this could be interesting. As to the comments above on longer term contracts, teams prefer the extra years to spread out the high signing bonuses players want on non-guaranteed contracts. Really can’t have one without the other.

  12. If you sign your name to a long term deal, you have no one to blame but yourself when your income is eclipsed by other, less talented players. This is how professional sports have run since Curtis Flood and Free Agency became a thing. There isn’t a single player in all of North American professional sports at this point that wasn’t born into a world where this was the way things are. Failure to understand the concept that whoever is a free agent the next off-season will likely get a deal that makes those signed the previous off-season obsolete are incredibly stupid, even by NFL player standards.

    If you, as a player, want to constantly be paid in the upper-echelons of your position, then you do the Kirk Cousins method and keep taking one year deals, sign a fully guaranteed contract, or con some idiot team into giving you a form of ‘most favored nations’ contract clause.

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