Julio Jones hasn’t gotten new contract, but will still show up for camp

Getty Images

Falcons receiver Julio Jones previously ruled out a training-camp holdout because, as he explained it, team owner Arthur Blank had promised to give Jones a new contract. But Jones has yet to get that contract. He’ll still show up for training camp on Sunday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that “Jones will be there, despite not receiving the contract extension he wanted.”

Last year, Jones had decided to hold out of training camp, but then a minor tweaking of his deal got Jones to report. This year, a holdout was never really on the table — possibly because Jones realized in 2018 that he’s just not wired to go through with it.

And that’s fine, if that’s who he is. Not every player is willing to start down the path of skipping football because players want to play football, and some want to play football so well that they don’t want to miss any of the preseason preparation, for any reason. Likewise, not every player is willing to risk alienating fans who have no qualms about a team playing hardball with a player but who instantly get #triggered when a player plays hardball with his team. Wrong as that mindset may be, that’s the mindset that many fans have, and any player that takes a stand needs to realize that withholding services from the team means withholding services from the fans, from the perspective of plenty of fans.

Whatever the reason(s), Jones has decided that he doesn’t want a contract extension badly enough to skip training camp, and possibly beyond. Despite his stated faith in Arthur Blank to do what Jones believes to be the right thing, it’s fair for Jones to wonder why something hasn’t already been done — especially in a week that saw the Falcons do bang-bang deals with Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones — and it’s fair to wonder whether Jones may decide to have a last-minute change of heart.

15 responses to “Julio Jones hasn’t gotten new contract, but will still show up for camp

  1. We can’t give you a raise son, but I do have these gift certificates to Home Depot, high gloss paint is on sale this week also.

  2. Jones isn’t sitting around wondering why his contract hasn’t been extended or redone yet.
    He’s not stupid.
    His agent is talking to the team.
    His agent is talking to Julio.
    Julio knows Blank.
    They have enough of a relationship that he trusts him.
    Jukio is fine with what he is being told.
    He’s made a decision based on information.
    That information tells him he doesn’t need to hold out to make the team give him a new contract.

  3. desean jackson is a locker room virus destroys every team hes on literally the most toxic player in sports. eagles will never sniff a superbowl again thanx to the moron gm that got rid of foles and brought back this virus desean jackson

  4. He has 2 years left on a contract that will have made him close to 100 million and Falcons Fans are realived he is showing up to camp.I can imagine if he was still on his rookie contract but he has 2 years left in a contract that has made him very rich and he will 32 when it ends.Yes he is an elite receiver but 32 and no Superbowl What will a smart organization do

  5. Julio has character and integrity. Guys like Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, and Chris Jones don’t. It’s as simple as that.

  6. I wouldn’t be willing to budge much. Had a great year but you don’t sign guys at 30 long. Add a year and some guaranteed money but that is it.

  7. Go ahead and give him an extension and big bonus, then cross your fingers and hope the fool doesn’t hold out yet again next year, because you know he will…

  8. mjimmym says:

    July 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Go ahead and give him an extension and big bonus, then cross your fingers and hope the fool doesn’t hold out yet again next year, because you know he will…

    __________

    Somebody either didn’t read or aren’t capable of reading and then understanding the article nor headline. I’m going with you’re not capable of reading and then fully processing what you just read.

  9. tsizzlehotpiss All those guys you have mentioned were and are on there rookie deals when they wanted a contract extension

  10. A.J. Green > Julio Jones

    THAT SAID: Julio Jones deserves more money*

    *Especially since Falcons g.m. dimitroff promised to give him an extension

  11. danny woodson says:
    July 21, 2019 at 11:51 am

    desean jackson is a locker room virus destroys every team hes on literally the most toxic player in sports. eagles will never sniff a superbowl again thanx to the moron gm that got rid of foles and brought back this virus desean jackson

    ——————

    That pretty much summed up the Julio showing up without a new contract for me, thank you.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!