Julio Jones skipping training camp in contract dispute

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Julio Jones wants a new contract. The Falcons don’t want to give him one. And so Jones is holding out.

Jones has decided to skip training camp because of his frustration with his contract, according to multiple reports.

It appears Jones is willing to hold out of camp entirely, risking $40,000 in fines per day. The Falcons have made clear they don’t plan to give Jones a new contract, although they haven’t specifically said they’ll also fine Jones for his holdout.

If Jones is really serious about this holdout, he could keep it going into the regular season. Jones has a base salary this season of $10.5 million, and he’d lose $617,000 a week if he held out into the regular season.

Jones still has three years left on his contract, and it remains to be seen whether he and the Falcons are going to come to terms on a deal that will satisfy him. For now, they’re far apart.

85 responses to “Julio Jones skipping training camp in contract dispute

  1. With his injury history, not being ready going into the season – if he shows up for week one – is going to put him at an increased injury risk. Despite the pro-labor bias of this site, it’s not a good decision long term to get into protracted holdouts. Unfortunately with 3 years left you just have to play it out Julio. Follow ABs lead and let the FO know every offseason that you would like some adjustment to your contract and then show up and be a part of the team.

  2. You have three years left on a deal that pays you $617K a week, and you’re complaining?

    You realize how many years the average American has to work to get just one of your weekly paychecks?!

  3. Dispute? What dispute? You signed a contract and took the up front money…..now it is time to honor the remainder of the contract.

  4. This is such an awful thing to happen to such a decorated franchise and player……….WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE!

  5. Julio, why don’t you and Earl Thomas get together and have yourselves a massive pity party? Must be rough scraping by, barely able to feed your families on merely millions.

  6. Sorry, he has no leverage with the Falcons. I hope they stand strong and do not renegotiate with him. Yes, players can be3 cut at anytime, but this is why they get large signing bonuses. They are aware of this when they sign. He’s only 2 years in this contract…whereas OBJ is in his last year…he has all the leverage in the world since the Giants are playing to win this season. If anyone should holdout, it’s definately OBJ!

  7. When will these guys learn…if you want to stay near the top of the market, sign 2 to 3 year deals max. He deserves more than $10.5m this year but he has 3 years left on his deal. He and his agent’s fault if you ask me.

  8. With 3 years left, the Falcons don’t have a choice. There best course of action would be to prepare for a season without Jones. No team would cave … Maybe a little, but even a little will come back to bite them in future years.

  9. I’m not on Julio’s side here…..
    I understand that players contracts are not guaranteed and that being said, he has NOT put performed his contract and his contract at the time of signing was one of the highest at that time….. just because desperate teams are spending stupid money on players of a lower quality is not the Falcons fault…..

  10. With the contracts not being guaranteed in the NFL, players might have to negotiate shorter multi year contracts(ala Kirk Cousins) which would result in less money up front. This would prevent situations like julio jones where he has 3 years left on a contract ,that he has out performed.

  11. Rodgers will be attending Packers training camp even though PFT has spent triple the amount of time talking about his contract than Julio Jones….

  12. He’s regretting signing such a long term deal. It will expire and he’ll be over 30 and with an injury history. Hanging w T.O. all Summer resulted in this new attitude that didn’t exist when the Falcons did their DD on Julio while at Alabama.

    I still don’t understand how losing over a half million per week for not showing up to work helps a guy who is looking for more money. He’ll set himself back even further and if the goal is more money, he’ll lose a huge chunk of anything he gains. Bad math.

  13. Julio Jones is worth more to the Falcons than Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum, combined, to Team Purple (Vikings) and Team Orange (Broncos) respectively.

    R.I.P. Tony Sparano.

  14. I hope he shows up week one, and has the worst season of his career. 20 catches, 200 yards, and no touchdowns. No injuries since I don’t want anybody to get hurt, I just want him to suck. Then he can sit there next offseason and whine about his contract again, even though he screwed up by not showing.

    It’d also be funny if the Falcons made him a healthy scratch for a few games just to deflate his ego.

  15. Why do we have to hear the hater comments about what you get paid at YOUR job. That has nothing to do with Julio. you keep YOUR mouth shut and go to YOUR miserable job. Racist haters.

  16. I still see that pass going through his hands in playoff game against Eagles. A legend in his own mind.

  17. I feel absolutely nothing for Jones. He has two/three years left on a deal and he wants more money because he sees what someone else is getting??? Get real.

  18. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles stands in full support of Julio. He must get paid. I suggest he sit out game one of the season to demonstrate the strength of his commitment.

  19. Where were all you haters on people skipping training camp when Walter Jones would do this year in and year out? He’s using this as an excuse to not go to training camp as much as he is to get more money. I can see why you get upset about younger guys missing training camp but are you seriously thinking that Julio Jones needs training camp? Did Walter Jones? Did Emmitt Smith? Did Aaron Donald? Did Le’veon Bell? Stop acting like these dudes are suddenly going to forget how to play football. You should be happy they’re holding out as it prevents an OBJ like injury.

  20. The players should blame the system not the owners. The system is collectively bargained between two sides. Every hold out is really an indictment against the CBA. Both sides to the CBA are sophisticated and had representation. If the players don’t like it, then they need to bargain for a better economic system when the next CBA comes up. The problem they have, and will continue to have, is that many won’t want to miss out on paychecks. Also, when negotiating contracts, there’s a trade off. You want more guarantees and upfront money, then you sign a longer deal knowing that your deal is going to be below market at some point. If you cannot figure that out then you are not too bright or your agent is not doing his or her job.

  21. Paul Hayden says:
    July 24, 2018 at 9:36 am
    Why do we have to hear the hater comments about what you get paid at YOUR job. That has nothing to do with Julio. you keep YOUR mouth shut and go to YOUR miserable job. Racist haters.

    ———–

    I was waiting to see how long it took before somebody made this about race. It didn’t take long….

  22. Wait. A hold out with three years left on your contract? How does one even figure that would work. You can’t exactly sit out or go half speed every game for three years and even if you do force their hand and they cut or trade you, what team will pay you big dollars knowing that you are a liability as soon as someone makes more than you?

  23. What’s to dispute, he’s has a contract that he just signed a couple of years ago. He and his agent should have considered this very likely scenario at the time and inserted some escalation language within his current contract. The fact that you and your agent weren’t smart enough to see this coming is on you, not the Falcons.

  24. Teams constantly chose to not honor contracts whenever they have the chance to get someone younger, better or cheaper. They’ll clean out a player’s locker before he even realizes what’s happening. And yet many fans expect players to show unwavering loyalty.

  25. Real easy for all you guys to rail on Jones, why dont you try feeding your family on only $617,000,000.00 a week…

    Oh wait a minute….

  26. Once you get into the 8-figure range, it is impossible for your salary to be unfair.

    It’s fine for him to not like it. It’s fine to ask for a new contract. But it seems to me that things like holdouts and work stoppages are for righting wrongs and protesting injustice, not for an already fabulously-wealthy person to ask for even more money when he’s already getting an amount that he negotiated and agreed to. The Falcons, I assume, will be more than happy to pay Jones the $30 million+ he’s owed for the next 3 years.

    Look where the overpriced divas are. They’re not winning Super Bowls.

  27. murphyslaw40 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 8:53 am
    You have three years left on a deal that pays you $617K a week, and you’re complaining?

    You realize how many years the average American has to work to get just one of your weekly paychecks?!

    ————————————————————–

    Not agreeing with his hold out, I think he should play out his signed contract but…

    Do you realize how many average American’s can play WR in the NFL? Not to mention being one of the best as well. Not very many. That’s why they get paid the big bucks. So stop complaining about how “little” money average people make compared to professional athletes. If you got a problem with it, go start up a business, go try out for the NFL, do something that will make you the same amount of money. Let’s face it, average people make average money because they are AVERAGE.

  28. These guys should sign one year deals like KD if they want to hit FA every year. Risk or security, you cant have your cake and eat it too.

    P.S.

    49ers you know what to do. Get Julio.

  29. Julio and Aaron,

    Excellent examples of why someones word means nothing anymore.

    The is no “i” in team, there is however in complain, whine and bitch.

  30. murphyslaw40 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 8:53 am

    You realize how many years the average American has to work to get just one of your weekly paychecks?!

    ___________________________

    But he’s not an average American, so why should he care?

  31. I have sympathy for a stud player drafted low in the first round, who will be underpaid for several years on top of having a short career.

    But once YOU SIGN the big contract extension, it’s all on you. You are still making many millions even if you are underpaid by 15%. Thats your choice for signing a long term deal.

  32. A signed contract is a contract. Had you attended any classes you’d have learned that in Business 101.

    Fine the heck out of him. Set the example. This attitude is a cancer to the locker room.

  33. With a player like this extorting his team with three years left on his contract, I’d make him an example – use every legal tactic to enforce his return and/or to prevent him from earning income during this pathetic and childish holdout.

    I’m so sick of athletes thinking that contracts are there to ignore.

  34. The funny thing here is that the only thing that JJ can do is skip training camp, which could cost him $40k per day. He’s under contract for the next 3 years – he has absolutely 0 leverage with the team. He either plays for the amount of his contract or sits and gets no money.

    If ATL’s front office did re-work his contract, they would set an awful precedent for future contract negotiations with other players.

    ATL gave him a huge signing bonus and guaranteed money when he signed that deal 2 years ago, if I was the GM, i’d tell him sure, you can have a new deal tomorrow, just give us back that signing bonus we gave you a few years ago and we can redo your deal…

  35. thereyougo2 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I still see that pass going through his hands in playoff game against Eagles. A legend in his own mind.
    ———————————————————————————–

    YUP! Catch that ball and maybe they would have talked!

  36. don’t have an issue with a player holding out for a new contract when the contract is about to expire, but with 3 years left on an existing contract … not so much.

  37. OMG…He has metal screws in his foot. This is probably his only and final chance to negotiate for more money before he’s declining and out. TRADE HIM now!

  38. Julio only had four more tds than me last year. Just emailed the Falcons to let them know Ill sign for the vet minimum.

    53yrs old
    Zero speed
    Definitely not in game shape
    No hands
    Never run routes in my life

    Hmmm, out side of the age I sound a lot like Dez, guess I should get hold of the Ravens too, lmao

  39. Ron Jull says:

    July 24, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Real easy for all you guys to rail on Jones, why dont you try feeding your family on only $617,000,000.00 a week…

    Oh wait a minute….
    ——————-
    Come on dude. It’s $617,000 per week. lol

  40. Just cut him. He won’t live up to the contract he freely signed so why should the team?

  41. Silernblacksabbath..

    That makes it even worse!!! How can Jones feed his family on the NFL version of welfare?

    Thats not even three million a month. Maybe we should start a GoFundMe for Jones and his not making enough millions buddy Thomas!!!

  42. Hey guys – why does he “have to” honor the deal? He doesn’t have to honor anything. It’s in his best interest to be paid like a top 2-3 WR. Average WRs make more than he does.

    I just don’t understand why so many people jump to protect the rights of billionaires. The Falcons are making a fortune off of this guy and trying to eke out every last penny from him. “But he signed the contract…!”. What a joke.

    The NFL is not at all like the normal job market, and taking the simplistic approach to the world just doesn’t always work. Jones can’t just take another job that pays him more, like the rest of us do when we are disgruntled at work over pay/etc. That’s how the normal job market works. That is not how the NFL works. Teams OWN the players and the player has no control outside of impending free agency (akin to the control you and I have by taking a new job that pays more). They should still be able to say, after years go by, that they are not being paid fairly and expect more. I just can’t wrap my head around why that’s “unfair”. We all do that.

    Poor billionaires… Who protects their rights these days?

  43. For those people that are stumping for guaranteed contracts – this is a good thing to look at here.

    The NFL players, well the “superstars” want to typically see those eye-popping contracts saying they are the highest paid player for their position. However, then a couple years later they see that isn’t the case anymore and regardless of performance they demand more. That isn’t how it works. The Falcons did right by Jones and gave him what he wanted, now less and 1/2 way through the contract he thought was great he is whining about needing more.

    If you want guaranteed money, go for shorter contracts with lower numbers. Cousins is still going to be getting paid as one of the top QBs but his contract didn’t show 9 figures, it showed 8 with all guaranteed. That should be a lesson for some of these players.

    Also to be considered, with those eye-popping numbers, teams can’t afford to do them for all of the players and still pay the other players on the team. 53 players for 16 games versus 25 players for 162 – yeah there is a reason baseball players have more people get bigger numbers. Basketball is what 12 players over 82 games?

    The PA is talking about needing more players and balking at more games. If more money and guaranteed money is so important stand up for more games.

  44. Look guys, Julio has mouths to feed. A hungry kitten and pet goldfish going hungry are not pretty things.

  45. yetipro says:
    July 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Hey guys – why does he “have to” honor the deal? He doesn’t have to honor anything. It’s in his best interest to be paid like a top 2-3 WR. Average WRs make more than he does.

    I just don’t understand why so many people jump to protect the rights of billionaires. The Falcons are making a fortune off of this guy and trying to eke out every last penny from him. “But he signed the contract…!”. What a joke.

    The NFL is not at all like the normal job market, and taking the simplistic approach to the world just doesn’t always work. Jones can’t just take another job that pays him more, like the rest of us do when we are disgruntled at work over pay/etc. That’s how the normal job market works. That is not how the NFL works. Teams OWN the players and the player has no control outside of impending free agency (akin to the control you and I have by taking a new job that pays more). They should still be able to say, after years go by, that they are not being paid fairly and expect more. I just can’t wrap my head around why that’s “unfair”. We all do that.

    Poor billionaires… Who protects their rights these days?

    ——————————————–

    Imagine if everyday Joe’s could be franchised for 20% of their working lives for a wage determined exclusively by their employer and not by any outside offers.

    Imagine if everyday Joe’s negotiated contracts in their salaries and their employers had 100% power to honor those contracts or drop the employee, but the employee couldn’t get out of the contract at all.

    I bet people would do something like form unions and/or get bills passed that prevented that. Oh wait.

  46. John Wayne’s Brother’s Cousin’s Milk Man says:
    July 24, 2018 at 11:28 am

    murphyslaw40 says:
    July 24, 2018 at 8:53 am

    You realize how many years the average American has to work to get just one of your weekly paychecks?!

    ___________________________

    But he’s not an average American, so why should he care?

    ================

    Well, to extend your logic, team owners aren’t average employee athletes, so why should they care? It’s not such useful logic.

    These are all 1%ers. The better question is – why do we give any of them our money?

  47. If Julio gets on board, could have another Super Bowl run with more WR depth. His loss just as much as the team.

  48. Normally I’m on the side of players, but not in this case. Julio’s contract called for him to get most of the money up front in a 5 year $71.3 million contract. He says he’s “underpaid” now, but he was overpaid in the fist two years. It balances out. Guys like him should not be signing for more than 3 year contracts if they can’t stand not being near the top of the market.

  49. Ron Jull – Aaron isn’t talking about his pending extension. The press is.

    Regarding Jones, if the Falcons had offered him a 2 year contract with only 2/5th of the guaranteed money he got, he’d have been crying about being disrespected. I don’t care what the Falcons do. I do care that if they cave, the other low character guys league-wide will be lining up.

  50. How many times have we seen a disgruntled player making MILLIONS of dollars complain that they aren’t making enough millions now and want even more. Then said player pouts about his contract and shortly thereafter his production drops and he’s out of the league in three years–or making the league minimum. I fear Julio is getting some bad advice (from T.O.?) and he could find his career on a downward spiral just like T.O.

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