Report: Falcons have informed Julio Jones he won’t get a contract adjustment

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Julio Jones sent the Falcons a message in skipping the offseason program and mandatory minicamp. So what does the star receiver do now that the Falcons have told him they won’t adjust his contract?

Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reported Wednesday night that the Falcons recently informed Jones they have not budgeted for a renegotiation for 2018 and have no plans to give Jones a raise for this season. Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension with the Falcons before the 2015 season but is scheduled to make only $10.5 million in base salary for 2018.

The Falcons have never renegotiated a contract with more than a year remaining, per Schultz, but they have promised Jones a renegotiation after this season.

Despite the news, which surely doesn’t sit well with Jones, the Falcons still hope the five-time Pro Bowler will report to training camp on time next week. Jones has spoken to head coach Dan Quinn, and agent Jimmy Sexton has had a number of conversations with the front office, according to Schultz.

Jones has participated in quarterback Matt Ryan’s annual passing camp with the team’s other receivers in Los Angeles.

72 responses to “Report: Falcons have informed Julio Jones he won’t get a contract adjustment

  1. ” but is scheduled to make only $10.5 million in base salary for 2018.”

    Only $10.5 million? I hope he’s OK, I mean how can one get by on only $10.5 million?

  2. Tough position for the Falcons but I can’t say they are wrong. If you are a top player sign short term deals and bet on your performance…get an opt-out clause. . If you are often injured and need security get longer term deals with guaranteed money. Find the deal that suits you the best and be comfortable with it. Now we’ll see if this affects his play and/or team chemistry.

  3. The Falcons didn’t draft arguably the best WR out of college this year by accident. They were positioning to possibly trade Julio or have an option to replace him in a year or two. The Saints recently did it to Cooks….traded him because they drafted Michael Thomas and they weren’t gonna pay Cooks big money. Julio beware, you might have to hold out like Emmitt did with the Cowboys. See if they can win without you….

  4. Market rates have changed. Eg Cleveland paid top $ to get Jarvis Landry. The problem is that Julio, who happens to be the best WR in the NFL, is now paid about one third less than Landry, (who is just a slot receiver).

  5. If teams can ask players to take a pay cut after already agreeing to a contract, then players should be able to ask their teams for more money during the contract if their performance exceeds their pay. That being said 10.5M is plenty of money for any player regardless of performance.

  6. I could use some help on this question please. In the above article, did I actually read the following portion of a sentence?

    “but is scheduled to make only $10.5 million in base salary for 2018.”

    Nah. I’m sure I didn’t really read that.

  7. uglydingo says:
    July 19, 2018 at 5:16 am
    Market rates have changed. Eg Cleveland paid top $ to get Jarvis Landry. The problem is that Julio, who happens to be the best WR in the NFL, is now paid about one third less than Landry, (who is just a slot receiver).

    —–
    You sign a long term lease on a condo. Let’s say $1000 a month. Screaming deal. 5 years.

    You’re into the deal but the 5 years aren’t up. Units around you are leasing higher than you $1000. The owner insists you now have to pay $1333 a month or he will make your life miserable. The reason is, is that the housing market in that area is now red hot.

    uglydingo says “Sure, no problem. Market rates and everything. It’s only fair”

  8. I just heard a flush! And the Falcons front office is pulling the chain.

    In all seriousness, what world are we living in when Cooks, Watkins and Landry are making more than this guy. I’d be peeved too! I don’t feel sorry for him or any other athlete in this spot. Like mentioned earlier, sign shorter contracts with opt outs and less guaranteed money. Then you can play moneyball with the big boys.

  9. Love what the Falcons are doing here. He is uber talented but is on the sidelines half of the time. As he gets closer to 30 the team oughtta think about trading him. Let someone else overpay for the downside of his career.

  10. Labor markets all work the same: top-ranking employees who don’t feel appreciated in terms of financial compensation and/or loyalty and growth eventually will take their talent(s) elsewhere — as will likely be the case for Julio Jones, OBJ, Le’Veon Bell and on down the line.

  11. If players would fire the agent that got them the “lousy” contract they’re saying is a bad one, then maybe teams would be more willing to listen. It just doesn’t make any sense to me for a player to try to return to the table with the same agent that “screwed” them. If they’re using the same agent, that’s proof that the contract he originally negotiated is a good one. Can’t have it both ways. It just looks like pure greed.

  12. Oh no, only 10.5 million? If he wanted a shorter contract, maybe he should have, you know, signed a shorter contract?

  13. So what if someone jettisoned past him with a higher paying contract. Why should the Falcons be punished financially because the Browns had more cap room than God himself after years of not paying anyone?

    For crying out loud this is getting stupid. I’ve been listening to the press be soooo concerned for the last 2 years over Aaron Rodgers being underpaid because some idiot franchises overpay 2nd rate QB’s to be starters – I say too bad guys. Live with it.

  14. Put this into perspective. I’m nearing retirement and I’ll have 49 years of blue collar work in. I’ll average $50,000 per year over those 49 years. Over that 49 years of work that’s 2,450,000 and he gets 10.5 million per year and he’s not happy!!! I don’t want to hear any crap about the danger of the job, the lack of health care when they retire at 30, or any other hardships they have. Come live in the life that true NFL fans lives and see who should be asking for a raise! a lot of fans cant even afford a ticket to a game, yet alone a beer and a hotdog.

  15. He’s been paid $47m over the last 3 years ($16.66m). He knew how much he would get each year and if he didn’t realize that there would be several receivers making more than $10.5 per year in 2018, that’s on him. He’s been paid very well.

    Asking for a new deal after this season is one thing…but with 2 years left on the contract…come on man!

  16. Yeah I am with most posters here. He signed a contract. In the real world that is binding. When you sign a long-term deal, you have to know that at some point someone is going to lap you. Go for short-term deals, or add opt-out language. Bet on yourself. But don’t be getting all upset because you “only” make $10.5 million this year. You signed the contract.

  17. 10 Million is not enough, so sit and get fined and make it even smaller.

    Show the world how smart you are.

  18. “Despite the news, which surely doesn’t sit well with Jones”. I walked up to my boss today, and demanded a 1000% raise. My boss said no. Surely, that fair response to my ridiculous request doesn’t sit well with me!

  19. buckstalion12965 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 7:57 am
    He’s been paid $47m over the last 3 years ($16.66m). He knew how much he would get each year and if he didn’t realize that there would be several receivers making more than $10.5 per year in 2018, that’s on him. He’s been paid very well.
    ————–
    I forgot, the front load structure no longer matters towards the back-end…
    Play your deal.

  20. Hes not just making 10.5. He got a huge signing bonus that is based on playing all 5 of those years. You cant compare his contract by saying he is only getting 10.5, then compare it to Cooks average yearly salary. That’s apples and coconuts man.

  21. And if he had blown his knee out a year after signing that contract, do you think he’d be cutting a check back to the Falcons?

  22. With $12M signing bonus in 2015 it averages out at over $14M/yr for 5yrs ($47M guaranteed). And he’s only 2yrs into those 5, so has less than a zero right to be a program & camp holdout.

  23. Here comes the slob 9 to 5ers. Only 10.5 mil? Derp.

    You. Are. Basic. He. Isn’t.

    Owners know they won’t hold out. So they don’t budge. Start holding out boys. Like NYG. They won’t flush the last 2 years Eli has left if Odell holds out. They’ll pay. Need to up your game of chicken. Staying out of minicamp, the owners chuckle at that one.

  24. Greedy!
    Jones is being absolutely greedy right now and has no right to do so.
    He’s from Alabama so that says it all right there.
    How do players not realize that other players salaries will eclipse their own salary at some point? It’s a given yet Julio seems to be shocked by this.
    JJ should shutup and play and the Falcons will reward him.

  25. Should we start a gofundme page for Jones because he ONLY makes $10.5 million a year?

  26. Folks…there’s a reason the Falcons drafted a top-tier WR THIS YEAR……they can what’s comming down the pike with Jones and are preparing for life without him after this season. He gets traded after this season.

  27. Typical of many in the NFL who sign a longterm deal with a big signing bonus up front with lesser salary in the last years of the deal, then cry poverty when they get to the end of the deal . A 5 year $71 mil deal averages out to a little over $ 14 mil a year just slightly less then the franchise tag for WRs this year . Jones politely forgets to include the signing bonus when he claims to be underpaid .Understand why the Falcons look at the total payout of his deal not just the salary for this year to realize Jones is being fairly compensated so there’s no reason to do anything with his contract .

  28. He received all that up front money and now wants to rework… surprise.
    These damn football players man. Nothing is ever enough with some of them.

    Take a note from a guy like Tom Brady take less to make more. Playoff and championship bonuses can make up for a lot.

    But I guess when you’re an oft-injured WR on the proverbial back nine…. grab as much cash as you can.

  29. justintuckrule says:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Here comes the slob 9 to 5ers. Only 10.5 mil? Derp.

    You. Are. Basic. He. Isn’t.

    Owners know they won’t hold out. So they don’t budge. Start holding out boys. Like NYG. They won’t flush the last 2 years Eli has left if Odell holds out. They’ll pay. Need to up your game of chicken. Staying out of minicamp, the owners chuckle at that one.
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    Hahaha… Way to play Devil’s advocate there…

    However… you’re still wrong. Julio signed a deal that was Julio friendly 2 or 3 years ago… and now wants to change it because some other dudes out there are making more now on their front loaded deals.
    Julio ain’t worth all that since he misses like a quarter of every season with a knee, ankle, or whatever.
    They drafted Ridley. Julio has zero leverage.
    Hold outs? That hurts the player and the team. Just ask Lev Bell

  30. Ky li – it would be ok for Atlanta to break that contract and cut him in two seconds if he underperformed though right.

    Basic people are jealous and don’t get it. There are no contracts in the nfl. There’s loose year to year agreements.

  31. Ky li – cal Ridley? Who’s that? Oh… a draft pick that’s proven nothing. That guy? JJ helps that dude develop by being on the field. That’s his leverage. And your point about bell makes no sense. If he holds out and they start 2-4, which they would because he drives that offense, then what?

  32. Rate This
    onthewarpath28 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 6:29 am
    If teams can ask players to take a pay cut after already agreeing to a contract, then players should be able to ask their teams for more money during the contract if their performance exceeds their pay

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    Incorrect. The contract the player agreed to contains language that after the guaranteed portion is payed out that a pay cut request or release is possible should the players performance fall off. Keep performing at a high level and the team likely won’t cut your pay or release you.

  33. Julio is a receiver and they got that really good Alabama receiver in the draft so if he blows out his knee, the Falcs will still be OK. This team is winning the Super Bowl. Oh yes, Calvin Ridley, that’s his name. Sorry, Julio, but I’m a former high school state championship winning team captain who didn’t play but 40 snaps all season. Across the board, receivers are always the most selfish players on a team.

  34. Why do regular everyday people want athletes to be paid like them so badly? Nobody’s tuning in to watch you do your job. You’re not risking debilitating injuries every game and you can work in your profession much longer.

  35. I am not sure why Julio thinks he has any leverage here. He is 29 years old, and already makes a top ten per year average salary at his position. I’d say that’s fair compensation for a guy who was 9th in receptions, 2nd in yards, and tied for 72nd in the league for touchdowns last year.

  36. But … but …
    How will Julio survive?
    The mans got to eat.
    He’s got a family to feed.

    He’ll make less than 40 million over the next 3 years (on a contract he voluntarily signed).
    I have A LOT of sympathy for him.
    Poor guy.

  37. Get your money Julio. Some of us realize this is a business and the moment your play slips they will Roddy White you. We know teams sign people to 5 year contracts and cut them in year 3…which means teams dont honor contracts either. To some of us, you guys are nothing but moving dots on a TV screen and playing a game. But I know it’s a trillion dollar business. Get yours!

  38. “If teams can ask players to take a pay cut after already agreeing to a contract, then players should be able to ask their teams for more money during the contract if their performance exceeds their pay.”

    No they shouldn’t. Players get huge up front signing bonuses for a longer term contract, knowing full well the cap and market values will be going up.

    They want that big chunka cheese though. He’s actually not getting just 10.5 million this year. He’s getting 10.5 million plus 1/6 of the 12 million signing bonus, he just already received that other 2 million years ago. His actual compensation for the year is thus 12.5 million.

    Players can choose to take shorter contracts and have more shots at the increasing market values if they want to. Usually they don’t use that strategy however. Kirk Cousins did and has made a huge amount more than he otherwise would have for example.

  39. Kudos to Atlanta. This is exactly what should be done.
    These guys can’t keep coming back 2-3 years after they sign a deal wanting more money.
    Shut your mouth, put your hands back in your pockets and get to work.

  40. Players need to stop signing for 5 when only 2 are guaranteed. Top level players have got to put their foot down and eliminate these contracts where the team controls majority of years. Just sign for 2 and leave yourself open for market adjustments.

  41. How many commenters are top 5 in the world at anything? Julio Jones is. There is no reason he shouldn’t try for more money. Team can say no, that’s fine too.

  42. Hehe. My man Kirk has changed the way the NFL does business forever! Everybody wants 2- 3 year guaranteed contracts! Every team is going to go through this now! Big time players want NBA money!

  43. justintuckrule says:
    July 19, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Here comes the slob 9 to 5ers. Only 10.5 mil? Derp.

    You. Are. Basic. He. Isn’t.

    Owners know they won’t hold out. So they don’t budge. Start holding out boys. Like NYG. They won’t flush the last 2 years Eli has left if Odell holds out. They’ll pay. Need to up your game of chicken. Staying out of minicamp, the owners chuckle at that one.

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    If my team had your team’s coaching staff and roster heading into the season I would be hoping for a lock out too!

  44. Aging WR continuing to deal with foot problems, three years remaining on a five year deal. Ya, he’s not getting a new deal, nor should he. I would also inform/remind his agent about incurred fines for holding out of training camp, and that I would 100% enforce those fines for when the holdout has ended.

  45. thatneuneu says:
    July 19, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Get your money Julio. Some of us realize this is a business and the moment your play slips they will Roddy White you. We know teams sign people to 5 year contracts and cut them in year 3…which means teams dont honor contracts either. To some of us, you guys are nothing but moving dots on a TV screen and playing a game. But I know it’s a trillion dollar business. Get yours!

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    You are clearly lacking in education regarding what a contract is and how it works. If a player and team sign a contract for 5 years with the first 3 years fully guaranteed, then AS PER THE TERMS IN THE CONTRACT the team can cancel the contract after 3 years and release the player. That is most certainly not “teams don’t honor contracts” given that cutting the player after the guaranteed period has expired is exactly what the contract says the team can do. If a player signs such a contract, the player 100% understands what guaranteed money is and may happen once the guaranteed period in the contract has run out.

    I am a huge Julio Jones fan – only official jersey I own. But he signed a 5 year contract and now after only 2 years (all the up front bonus already paid on a front loaded contract) he wants to act like the base salary is all he is getting and he is under paid. It is not right. Period. I am happy with the Falcons telling him to pound sand, at least until next year.

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