Arthur Blank on Julio Jones’ absence: A process we have to go through

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According to a report last week, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was expected to skip at least the start of the team’s OTAs as he looks for a contract adjustment that would bump up his take-home pay in 2018.

Jones has indeed been a no-show on the first two days of voluntary practice this week and that led to a question for team owner Arthur Blank at Tuesday’s league meetings in Atlanta.

“It will be fine. It’s just a process we have to go through,” Blank said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.

Jones’ contract calls for a base salary of $10.5 million this year and the five-year pact has an average annual salary of $14.25 million. That currently ranks eighth among wide receivers.

Last week’s report indicated the Falcons are amenable to revisiting Jones’ deal, but it’s not clear whether that will happen if he stays away from the team for the remainder of the offseason program. He would be eligible for fines if he does not take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp next month.

12 responses to “Arthur Blank on Julio Jones’ absence: A process we have to go through

  1. Remember when Blank fueled his inner Jerry Jones, and went down on the sidelines way too early during the biggest choke in Super Bowl history. Was that a process as well?

  2. They way overpaid Matt Ryan considering his most noteworthy accomplishment to date was being part of the biggest choke in sports history.

    Julio actual deserves his money so I’m sure he expects a HUGE payday.

  3. I’m all for players getting their money, but how old is that contract? How many more years are on it? That’s relevant info that’s left out of this article. I know it’s five years, but was it signed four years ago or last year?

  4. They way overpaid Matt Ryan considering his most noteworthy accomplishment to date was being part of the biggest choke in sports history.

    Julio actual deserves his money so I’m sure he expects a HUGE payday.

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    You know Julio was there too, right?

  5. Julio is looking for an adjustment while Donald is being held hostage. These top players deserve to be paid at the going rate, not the ol ‘you are signed, honor thy contract’ mentality. Careers are over year to year. A Jones or a Donald make 150-300 million in the NBA or MLB due to longevity. NFL looks to devalue you ASAP.

  6. What’s left out of this story is that Julio has been working out with Terrell Owens this offseason. Big surprise he is suddenly disgruntled. The current contract is only a couple years in, by the way

  7. signed thru 2020…it’s a new day…my contract runs out after this upcoming season, but I want to negotiate a new contract before this contract runs out (like stealing 3years)…tell me, do players ever clamor for a new contract after they’ve had a bad year? Why have contracts?

  8. jackedupboonie says:
    May 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    Julio is looking for an adjustment while Donald is being held hostage. These top players deserve to be paid at the going rate, not the ol ‘you are signed, honor thy contract’ mentality. Careers are over year to year. A Jones or a Donald make 150-300 million in the NBA or MLB due to longevity. NFL looks to devalue you ASAP.

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    So when a player is getting paid huge dollars and under-performs do you believe the player should give some money back to the team or does this only work in one direction?

  9. I like how all of these average/mediocre QB’s are getting overpaid without breaking a sweat. Meanwhile the really good/deserving players who have actually earned their money times over, like, Jones, Donald, Bell, have to go through the B.S. Unbelievable!!

  10. If a player wants the going rate its ridiculously easy. Just take 1 or 2 year contracts. Just make sure you dont get hurt. And if you have an off year, expect a big paycut.

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