Falcons said to be “uneasy” with Julio Jones-Terrell Owens relationship

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones skipped the entire offseason program and spent time with a wide receiver famous for letting his contracts get in the way of his relationships with his teams. The Falcons aren’t thrilled about that.

Jones has been working out with Terrell Owens, who during his own Hall of Fame career rapidly went from the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver to a contract dispute that saw him get sent home and shipped out for good. Longtime Falcons reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter said on ESPN Radio in Charlotte that the Falcons don’t feel good about the Jones-Owens relationship.

“The fact that he’s running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy,” Ledbetter said.

According to Ledbetter, Jones wants “an adjustment” to his contract, and the relationship between Jones and the team is “in a bad place right now.”

“The coach was expecting him in here,” Ledbetter said. “Then a few weeks later Julio informed them he’s not going to be here.”

Jones is still expected to be there when training camp starts. But there’s a gulf between the team and its star receiver.

59 responses to “Falcons said to be “uneasy” with Julio Jones-Terrell Owens relationship

  1. Here come the helicopters over Julio’s driveway as he does setups with T.O. hahaha! NEXT QUESTION!

  2. They should be uneasy with the relationship between the careers of Matt Ryan and Donovan McNabb. A player who cant close in the 3rd and 4th quarters of games or the season is unlikely to fair well in the 4th quarter of his career, and the Falcons just bet a lot of money against that wisdom.

  3. Think about how ridiculous this is though. There’s so many people that teams should monitor, in terms of bad people around them. Julio isn’t one of em.

    It comes back to TO’s point this whole time about his career: I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a hood, not drinking or on drugs, not beating up men or women, etc.

    It is starting to feel like Atlanta wants Julio gone but just doesn’t want to have to answer to the fan base for running him out of town.

  4. I’m sure TO is telling Julio that Matt Ryan is eating too much of the salary pie! Matt is getting paid big money to throw jump balls to Julio. That being said I would look to move Julio just because his judgement is out of line if he thinks surrounding himself with TO instead of a Tim Brown or Jerry Rice is a good idea.

  5. Don’t take financial advice from someone who lost 80 Million dollars. Outside of that, Owens had one of the best work ethics in sports and there’s nothing wrong with training with him. Just keep your head on straight Julio.

  6. “It comes back to TO’s point this whole time about his career: I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a hood, not drinking or on drugs, not beating up men or women, etc.”

    He’s just a diva, locker room cancer and all around pain in the butt for coaches and front office.

    Why are the divas so often the wide receivers?

  7. Trade him for Beckham with draft picks on both sides as equalizers. Giants are then in salary cap nirvanna when Eli/Jones retire (as opposed to beckham who can handcuff them) and the Falcons get a guy who will be peaking right as Matt Ryan is winding down.

  8. T.O. may not be a criminal, but he has been very detrimental to the teams he’s been on. From a football point of view, that could be worse.

  9. Julio is looking to change his contract at the halfway point. Has anyone made a demand like this before reaching the halfway point, or is this the earliest?

  10. dontbeemo says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Trade him for Beckham with draft picks on both sides as equalizers. Giants are then in salary cap nirvanna when Eli/Jones retire (as opposed to beckham who can handcuff them) and the Falcons get a guy who will be peaking right as Matt Ryan is winding down.
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    You do realize Beckham is demanding QB money for his next contract right? Why would you trade your star receiver for another star receiver who is demanding that kind of money and is one of the biggest head case in the game. What in the world do you gain from that?

  11. Just train hard Julio. T.O. was an absolute BEAST on the field, and in the training room. Do those things that make you better at your craft. Dont take contractual or financial advice from T.O. in any way shape or form. Definitely dontnlisten to any fiduciary advice bro.

  12. TO…..the ONLY CURE for that type of CANCER is to CUT IT OUT…..remove it completely before it can spread!!!!
    Sounds like it’s already infected his head & once it reaches the heart it’s OVER!!!

  13. Why are the divas so often the wide receivers?
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    I like how the Saints always seem to draft the non-diva types like Colston and Thomas. They shipped Cooks off for a reason.

  14. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    The only question is, who’s driveway are we doing sit ups in today ?

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    Mine.

    Its gravel so tough guys only.

  15. From the point of view of Eagles fans, we would be happy if Julio Jones would hold out long enough to not play in the season opener in September between the two teams.

  16. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    The only question is, who’s driveway are we doing sit ups in today ?
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    TO is so broke he’s living in a condo with a couple of roommates. So, I guess they’re using Julio’s driveway. Wrap it up, guys. Baby mamas are expensive.

  17. Wideouts are diva’s because their careers depend on beating a guy one-on-one and being open enough to haul in the right amount of passes and lobby for bigger contracts. If you can’t get open or get the ball, you won’t last in this league. The diva personality comes with the competitiveness it takes to beat your matchup consistently, and the fact that you have to rely on another person for your success.

  18. You should be uneasy about T.O. and Julio Jones relationship. Why?

    It’s the same as Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irvings relationship and you see what happened? Kyrie didn’t want to be with LeBron anymore after Kobe was whispering in his ear to leave LeBron.

    Toxic people like T.O.and Kobe Bryant look for new was to spread their poison after their out the game.

  19. This story was obvious from the beginning, a couple of months ago. Not sure why the T.O. angle was underplayed by the media this whole time, but come on. A guy with an A+ attitude his whole career suddenly becomes a malcontent? And you don’t highlight the T.O. connection? Strange.

  20. I’m all for Jones working with the clown prince of tanking. By the end of this season Jones will also turn down the HOF invite he’l never get, and will join LeBrick James on ESPN telling the world how lucky the Cleveland Browns will be to have him.

  21. sb44champs says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Why are the divas so often the wide receivers?
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    I like how the Saints always seem to draft the non-diva types like Colston and Thomas. They shipped Cooks off for a reason.

    27 8 Rate This

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    The Saints paid Drew big money and he has had to make the receiving Corp look good on a budget. No superstar receivers. Matt Ryan needs those expensive toys/receivers to look good… Matt should’ve left some money on the table for the help he needs.

  22. Juki took a team friendly deal and watched Matt Ryan break the bank. Who didn’t see this coming

  23. “Longtime Falcons reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter said on ESPN Radio in Charlotte that the Falcons don’t feel good about the Jones-Owens relationship.”

    Sorry, but I see nowhere that the Falcons have related this opinion. Just that D. Orlando Ledbetter says the Falcons have this opinion. Maybe the blog can relate why this is considered fact based on Mr. Ledbetter’s comments.

  24. What teams will do to squeak out even $100k less in a deal.

    After, we will hear what a great citizen he is and how they want him to retire as a Falcon.

  25. youngnoizecom says:
    June 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    Wideouts are diva’s because their careers depend on beating a guy one-on-one and being open enough to haul in the right amount of passes and lobby for bigger contracts. If you can’t get open or get the ball, you won’t last in this league. The diva personality comes with the competitiveness it takes to beat your matchup consistently, and the fact that you have to rely on another person for your success.

    Not all wideouts are divas. JE is not diva. Nor is Larry F or Jordy N. AB, Diva. OBJ, known to soccer fans as the lesser Beckham, diva. I can list WR’s for you and you can tell us which are divas and let’s see if there’s a commonality among PIA wideouts.

  26. When I read the headline I thought “Uh-oh”. I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end for Julio like it was for T.O. Why in the world would anyone take advice from T.O.? Not very smart on Julio’s part.

  27. well Ive watched the videos of TO and julie.As expected TO is the ego man.hes always yappin and julies always sittin.Then you watch the mini camp and OTA videos and there is no comparison in terms of getting into game shape.Its interesting to watch a dang good player fall apart.

  28. voiceofrealism says:
    June 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    T.O. may not be a criminal, but he has been very detrimental to the teams he’s been on. From a football point of view, that could be worse.
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    Sure he has, buddy. Particularly those ‘9ers teams he took to Conf Championship games, and especially the lame Eagles team he took to the SB and had an MVP-level game with SCREWS IN HIS ANKLE, right?

    Anyone know how many playoff games TO played in? I stopped counting about halfway through his career.

    Yeah, buddy, THOSE are the kinds of players who are unbelievably detrimental to your team. True warriors with confidence, heart, grit, toughness to speare, a work ethic that never quit… Especially during those FIVE seasons he was an all-pro, or when he finished his career ranking #2 all-time in receiving yards, #3 all-time in receiving TDs…

    This guy is one of the top-5 greatest WRs ever to play the game of football, and that’s beyond logical dispute (although you’re free to whine and hate all you want about it). He’s 44 years old ans STILL running a 4.43 40-yd dash.

    Sheesh, how did his teams ever win with him on their roster? A REAL mystery right there…

  29. JE is not a star, so there’s no point to him being a diva. He’s a poor man’s Jarvis Landry. And he’s actually a much bigger personality than you probably think. Larry F is not a diva, but not everybody can be him. Jordy Nelson is also not a star, a v. good player at his peak, but many of you would call him a diva for having hurt feelings behind the Packers situation. AB is arguably one of the best to ever do it and Odell will probably go down as one.

  30. Sure he has, buddy. Particularly those ‘9ers teams he took to Conf Championship games, and especially the lame Eagles team he took to the SB and had an MVP-level game with SCREWS IN HIS ANKLE, right?

    Anyone know how many playoff games TO played in? I stopped counting about halfway through his career.
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    Owens never made it to a Championship game with the 9ers.

  31. There are 31 other teams that would take Julio in a heartbeat. He isn’t an OBJ type guy. He just wants to feel financially appreciated. I don’t even think Ive read a quote from him about this whole thing.

    Honestly, on the field, TO was a stud. I remember sitting down and watching his first play for the Eagles against the Ravens…barely in my seat, and 81 yards to 81. From a work standpoint, TO never slouched. He was an extremely hard worker and taught the Eagles younger receivers a lot. Brought it every single day in practice.

    Drew Rosenhaus got in his head, and a 7 year deal turned into a 1 year deal…I don’t think Julio working with one of the top 3 all time receivers is a bad thing.

  32. aarons444 says:

    June 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Sure he has, buddy. Particularly those ‘9ers teams he took to Conf Championship games, and especially the lame Eagles team he took to the SB and had an MVP-level game with SCREWS IN HIS ANKLE, right?

    Anyone know how many playoff games TO played in? I stopped counting about halfway through his career.
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    Owens never made it to a Championship game with the 9ers.

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    1998. Lost to the Packers.

  33. 1998. Lost to the Packers.
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    Yep, I stand corrected.

    .. never the less, ‘game’, singular.

    They couldn’t beat the Packers. Favre knocked them out of the Playoffs 3 times during Owens run, losing only once.

  34. aarons444 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 10:21 am
    Sure he has, buddy. Particularly those ‘9ers teams he took to Conf Championship games, and especially the lame Eagles team he took to the SB and had an MVP-level game with SCREWS IN HIS ANKLE, right?

    Anyone know how many playoff games TO played in? I stopped counting about halfway through his career.
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    Owens never made it to a Championship game with the 9ers.
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    Is that right, buddy? Because you look stuff up before you try to contradict people on a board like this, right?

  35. aarons444 says:
    June 19, 2018 at 10:57 am
    1998. Lost to the Packers.
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    Yep, I stand corrected.

    .. never the less, ‘game’, singular.

    They couldn’t beat the Packers. Favre knocked them out of the Playoffs 3 times during Owens run, losing only once
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    Fail.

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