Falcons have good reason to fear T.O. and Julio Jones friendship

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Almost every parent has a child with a friend that the parent would prefer the child avoid. For the Falcons, they’d apparently prefer that Julio Jones steer clear of T.O.

But Jones could do a lot worse than spend time with a 44-year-old Hall of Famer who continues to be in excellent shape. A guy who returned prematurely from a broken leg to be the best player on the field in Super Bowl XXXIX. A guy who, despite his flaws (and we all have them), always gave everything he had.

Remember 2005, when he tried to get the Eagles to cut or trade him by being such a disruptive force? He still averaged more than 100 receiving yards in each of the seven games he played.

Of course, the Falcons aren’t concerned about T. and Julio down by the schoolyard because of the positive influence Owens could have on Jones. The Falcons are concerned because T.O. quite possibly has made Jones aware of the extent to which he’s underpaid.

Of course, the notion that the Falcons are uneasy about the T.O./Jones relationship could be recharacterized as Jones being uneasy about the perception that the team isn’t giving him fair compensation for the services he’s providing. The end result is an impasse that may or may not result in a holdout for one of the best receivers in the NFL, forcing the Falcons to consider making alterations to a contract with three years remaining on it.

If Jones does indeed holdout, the Falcons will need help at the receiver position. With T.O. recently running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, maybe they should call Owens.

45 responses to “Falcons have good reason to fear T.O. and Julio Jones friendship

  1. Perhaps a workout video posted to social media, of them doing sit-ups in the driveway will get the point across.

  2. You signed the contract. Let me know how that $30,000 per day fine works out for you. The up front money negates his annual take because he gets fronted a boat load. Just remember Julion, ME-OH has 0 Super Bowl Rings

  3. I really can’t stand when people post “you signed a contract.” Teams don’t honor contracts. They release players that are under “contract” all the time. Particularly when the team wants the player to take less than the agreed upon salary.

  4. Four teams couldn’t wait to get rid of TO despite being a physical specimen and being productive. What does that tell you about his negative influence in the locker room? Teams weighed the pros and cons and decided that negatives far outweighed the positives.

    I was a big TO fan when he was with the Niners, especially when he made that TD catch against the Packers in the playoffs, but he seemed to go off the deep end after that. He bashed his QB calling him gay, did the star thing against the Cowboys, etc. I will respect his production, but he’s probably the biggest cancer in modern times.

  5. darcrequiem says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    I really can’t stand when people post “you signed a contract.” Teams don’t honor contracts. They release players that are under “contract” all the time. Particularly when the team wants the player to take less than the agreed upon salary.

    And they are on the hook for guaranteed money. And the CBA was signed off on by the NFLPA.

  6. djstat says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    You signed the contract. Let me know how that $30,000 per day fine works out for you. The up front money negates his annual take because he gets fronted a boat load. Just remember Julion, ME-OH has 0 Super Bowl Rings
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    We know the real impetus behind this comment… that $30,000 being what you make in a YEAR really nags at you when you see someone hold out while being more talented in one aspect than you’ll ever be at anything. It’s got to BURN.

  7. What Bryant should “be aware of” is that he displayed relatively poor hands last season.

    Julio is no T.O. That and the addition of another 1st-round WR from his own alma mater (wait, did he actually graduate?) are 2 factors that will make ATL hesitate to shell out more cash. So it’s not in his best interests to act like he’s T.O. right now.

    He needs to turn in a rock-solid season and THEN get petulant.

  8. darcrequiem says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    I really can’t stand when people post “you signed a contract.” Teams don’t honor contracts. They release players that are under “contract” all the time. Particularly when the team wants the player to take less than the agreed upon salary.
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    Ignore them. They’re just bitter about being broke, and likely to remain that way for the rest of their lives. Those of us who earn well more than six figures and understand business congratulate these rare talents in maximizing their income.

  9. idiedpretty says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    TO. Great player, locker room cancer. He divides teams. Not worth the headache.
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    #2 all-time in receiving yards. #3 all-time in receiving TDs. A perennial fixture in the post-season. Not worth the headache?? Couldn’t disagree more, buddy.

  10. all these people reciting all this great player lock room cancer stuff are only repeating what the bias media says they don’t know shyt

  11. The moment JJ starts exhibiting any of TO’s behaviors…it’s time to trade him…preferably to somewhere where JJ would be miserable so that Falcons get some payback for JJ’s betrayal.
    I’d prefer that JJ hang with Larry Fitzgerald instead of TO.

  12. 4.43 is impressive. Man
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    bleh. I ran a 4 minute forty to the fridge myself. had to sit down and rest twice but, I made it to get another beer.

  13. “#2 all-time in receiving yards. #3 all-time in receiving TDs. A perennial fixture in the post-season.”

    Clearly it didn’t matter what he did during the season or the post season. He never got a ring. So in the end, that production never brought a Lombari to his team.

  14. When Julio signed his mega contract it was top of the chain for a WR…. he got up front money & large guarenteed money as well… basically personal long term security…
    He’s still going to make 14 million a year…..
    ALSO, if he needs to renegotiate the contract for the next three years remaining, he should ask for those 3 years to be guarenteed money….& a clause he can’t be franchise tagged, THATS REASONABLE….he doesn’t need more money, he just needs to be smart with what he’s got coming to him….after

  15. youngnoizecom says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    Players are expected to honor contracts, but teams aren’t? I don’t get it.
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    Teams honor every single contract they sign, to the letter. What exactly are you talking about?

  16. thegreatjimbrown says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    “#2 all-time in receiving yards. #3 all-time in receiving TDs. A perennial fixture in the post-season.”

    Clearly it didn’t matter what he did during the season or the post season. He never got a ring. So in the end, that production never brought a Lombari to his team.
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    Absolutely agree 100% man! And even when he made it to the SB and put up over 100 yds and a TD with a completely trashed ankle, what good was he anyway??

    Time to kick Marino out of the Hall!! In the end, his production never brought a Lombardi to his team, so… he uh… wasn’t great or something. Yeah.

    You can start with Marino and Kelly, and go from there. There are going to be a TON of guys you’ll need to remove the “greatness” tag from, buddy. After all, production without a Lombardi means nothing.

    And then SOMEBODY better put Jim Plunkett in the Hall where he belongs.

  17. Change the word cancer to influence, and it’s closer to the truth. At least when he was with the Cowboys, his influence was strongest on the youngest players on the team, which created a us and them situation in the locker room, and splitting the team. The Cowboy’s were his third team, and the third team to decide he was more trouble than he was worth. Given his God given talents and work ethic, that speaks volumes.

  18. you can say t.o. was the best player on the field during the super bowl as many times as you like, but it won’t make it true. pretty sure the best player on the field was on the winning team.

    and giving him credit for his performance during the season he set fire to his defending conference championship team is like complimenting the captain of the titanic for getting good fuel economy…

  19. People want to pile all the garbage on Carson Palmer… but… being forced to hang out in the locker room with two NOTORIOUS me-first wide receivers (chad ochojohnson/terrell owens), answer questions from media about what stupid things two NOTORIOUS me-first wide receivers said, and two NOTORIOUS me-first wide receivers never taking responsibility for alligator arming incomplete passes/incomplete routes/inaccurate routes, and/or lazy drops got old.

    THAT… is the real reason for Palmer’s “retirement”… but… the media didn’t point it out because it was cheap Bengals owner mike brown fault.

  20. russrpm says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Change the word cancer to influence, and it’s closer to the truth. At least when he was with the Cowboys, his influence was strongest on the youngest players on the team, which created a us and them situation in the locker room, and splitting the team. The Cowboy’s were his third team, and the third team to decide he was more trouble than he was worth. Given his God given talents and work ethic, that speaks volumes.
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    Let’s back up a bit here. IIRC, Parcells “decided” TO was “more trouble than he was worth” before he even had a practice with the team.

    Going into a situation where your coach disagreed with your acquisition so much he wouldn’t even use your name, calling you “the player,” is going to end well how, exactly?

    Parcells blew that whole situation up before it ever got started, and everyone who was watching football at the time saw it happen. And he paid for it too.

    Now, I’d like you to tell everyone here: During his 3 seasons in DAL, how many yards did TO put up? How many TDs did he score for DAL? How many times in his 3 seasons did DAL go to the playoffs?

    Now I’d like you to tell me this: WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?? Yes, Dallas had problems. But TO’s unhappiness there was a symptom of those problems, not the cause.

  21. How do you honor a contract that isn’t guaranteed? It can be severed at any point, so with that being the case, players have the right to lobby to be paid more.

  22. The players agent should explain to him that in a Football contract the guaranteed portion is what is important. Incentives and backloading a contract makes it sound larger, but upfront signing bonus / fully guaranteed money is what counts. If you didn’t understand this, get a new agent.

  23. youngnoizecom says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    How do you honor a contract that isn’t guaranteed?
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    Uhhh. By paying the player every dime he’s owed.

    This is the kind of conversation I’d expect to have with a 4-year-old.

  24. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    Man, you sure apologize for T.O. a lot…
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    Not apologize. Recognize.

    It’s no apologizing to bring up a boatload of facts that everyone else wants to ignore.

  25. 3 seasons in Dallas:

    3600 receiving yards.

    38 receiving TDs. That’s THIRTY-EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS.

    2 playoff appearances.

    That evil, evil TO. Nothing but destruction in his wake… SMH.

  26. If more terrell owens lovers took the time to watch every offensive snap
    of terrell owens final nfl season (2010 Cincinnati)…

    … they would see who terrell owens really is. owens was 3rd in nfl in dropped passes, alligator armed too many passes, and stopped running his routes mid play.

    TO BE FAIR… other than being lazy, lacking attention to detail, and playing scared across the middle… terrell owens didn’t get into any off the field trouble.

  27. In my opinion, Julio Jones does not need T.O. to understand what the Falcons signing WR Calvin Ridley means for his future. Like any normal person, Julio is trying to squeeze the last juice from his orange.

  28. youngnoizecom says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    How do you honor a contract that isn’t guaranteed? It can be severed at any point, so with that being the case, players have the right to lobby to be paid more.

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    The team honors the contract exactly as it was agreed to. The contract states that they can release a player at any time. The contract also makes provisions for guaranteed money. The players don’t have the right to holdout as they can be fined as stipulated in their contract. Teams honor the contracts. Please stop the false notion that they don’t.

  29. ringheadcrusher says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    russrpm says:
    June 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Change the word cancer to influence, and it’s closer to the truth. At least when he was with the Cowboys, his influence was strongest on the youngest players on the team, which created a us and them situation in the locker room, and splitting the team. The Cowboy’s were his third team, and the third team to decide he was more trouble than he was worth. Given his God given talents and work ethic, that speaks volumes.
    _________________________________

    Let’s back up a bit here. IIRC, Parcells “decided” TO was “more trouble than he was worth” before he even had a practice with the team.

    Going into a situation where your coach disagreed with your acquisition so much he wouldn’t even use your name, calling you “the player,” is going to end well how, exactly?

    Parcells blew that whole situation up before it ever got started, and everyone who was watching football at the time saw it happen. And he paid for it too.

    Now, I’d like you to tell everyone here: During his 3 seasons in DAL, how many yards did TO put up? How many TDs did he score for DAL? How many times in his 3 seasons did DAL go to the playoffs?

    Now I’d like you to tell me this: WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?? Yes, Dallas had problems. But TO’s unhappiness there was a symptom of those problems, not the cause.

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    I have no problem recognizing that the man who was arguably the most talented wide receiver in the NFL during most of his career was shown the door by not one, not two, but three different NFL franchises, each of which was diminished by his leaving. Three teams thought that his wonderful stats were not worth the tension and dissension he brought to the locker room. Since you have told us over and over again how great his stats were, why do you suppose SF, Dallas, and Philly were all willing to let him go? What’s your problem in seeing that he had one?

  30. If they gave bum QB Matt Ryan a new contract, why not a new contract for the best WR in the league?

  31. pay him and the first time he gets hurt to put him back to the contract he had. and leave it until his three years are up and tell him to stay away from T.O. and do your job you wouldn’t be hurt. Am a falcon fan and I like him but T.O. is a problem. but seriously pay him and the first time he gets hurt, then gives him his old contract back and leave it until his three years are up.

  32. djstat says:
    June 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    You signed the contract. Let me know how that $30,000 per day fine works out for you. The up front money negates his annual take because he gets fronted a boat load. Just remember Julion, ME-OH has 0 Super Bowl Rings

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    He balled out on a gimpy leg in his Super Bowl. Should ask McNabb why he was puking and throwing lame picks, or Reid why he can’t learn clock management. Eagles could have 2 ships right now.

  33. All serious concerns aside, it would be bitterly ironic if T.O. advises Julio Jones to hold out for a new deal until Falcons ownership signs him to replace Jones. Owens would take Jones’ locker spot of course, just to make it worse.

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