Report: Falcons “hopeful” of getting something done with Julio Jones

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The Falcons have indicated they have no plans to give Julio Jones a new contract, but could they tweak the receiver’s deal enough to convince him to end his holdout?

Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Media reports the Falcons are “hopeful” of getting something done with Jones. The sides have talked about Jones’ contract the entire offseason, but the impasse remains despite each seeing “the other’s point of view,” per Blackmon.

The star receiver will make $10.5 million this season, ranking only 13th at his position, but he has three years left on his contract.

As Florio explained last month, the easiest solution is doing what the Patriots did for Rob Gronkowski last year. An incentive package would allow Jones to bump his subpar $10.5 million salary north by $5 million or so based on what he does this year.

11 responses to “Report: Falcons “hopeful” of getting something done with Julio Jones

  1. Dangerous precedent looking to renegotiate a deal with 3 years left…superstar WR or not.

    Would be surprised if they explore trade options…especially after drafting Calvin Ridley. Some desperate team would pony up for Jones.

  2. Another solution would be to accelerate a year ans hold it in escrow with the proviso that he out plays every personal receiving category from last season, without exception. If he doesn’t, then he agrees to return every dime and 10% of his current salary. Doesn’t matter if he gets hurt or not – no exception.

  3. I agree. Falcons shouldn’t give in. If he was better at running routes, Matt Ryan wouldn’t have been sacked out of field goal range in the superbowl.

  4. sceaglesfan says:
    July 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm
    Don’t cave!

    Exactly – let him sit out and if he doesn’t want to play with the team let him sit there some more. I get it we all feel entitled to biggest contracts/salary possible but it is not like he is making a significantly smaller amount of money from the top players in the league. I believe his contract is in between $15 and $20mm. with that being said I don’t understand how you could hold out and become a distraction at that salary. If he was making less than $5 when the top wideouts are making $19-$20mm then that is another story.

    I know the Falcons feel they need him in order to be a contender but honestly they don’t. we have seen it a dozen times in the NFL at WR and RB. Those two positions are so easily interchangeable. And i know it is hard to believe that, believe me when I tell you growing up a Viking fan I thought Robert Smith and Adrian Peterson were tough players to replace and granted both were excellent players, but Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon all made us forget the loss of AP in our backfield and actually made us a much more balanced team with play action and the threat of a RB catching a pass out of the backfield.

    Atlanta, don’t cave and if anything trade him for assets that won’t break your salary cap so that you can add more quality. Shoot I shouldn’t be giving you any pointers go ahead and pay him 🙂

  5. If you give into one, you set a very bad president for other players that are unhappy with their contracts.
    Julio being this early in on his is rare, tell him to pound sand or maybe find a trade partner. I’m sure someone will give you a pirates booty for him, with a new contract in hand.

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