Report: Julio Jones’ agent headed to Atlanta in hopes of completing deal

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After months of negotiating between Julio Jones‘ agent and the Falcons, could the sides finally be closing in on a deal?

Zach Klein of WSB-TV reports that Jones’ agent, Jimmy Sexton, is headed to Atlanta to visit with the Falcons “and try to lock down a deal this week.”

The Falcons’ star receiver is scheduled to speak to the media Tuesday.

Falcons president Rich McKay was asked about Jones’ extension talks before the team’s preseason game Thursday and didn’t provide much of an update.

It’s really different than any typical negotiation,” McKay said on the Falcons’ pregame show on 92.9 FM The Game, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “The thing about Julio is that he’s the ultimate professional. He’s really tried to handle it the right way. He’s been in. He’s worked hard. He’s ready to go.”

Jones has an annual average of $14.25 million and is signed through 2020. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has said the Falcons are prepared to make Jones the highest-paid player at his position.

Michael Thomas reset the receiver market this offseason, signing a five-year, $100 million extension with the Saints that includes $61 million in guarantees.

Jones, 30, made his sixth Pro Bowl last season. He is a two-time All-Pro and has made 698 catches for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns in his eight seasons.

5 responses to “Report: Julio Jones’ agent headed to Atlanta in hopes of completing deal

  1. But Stats would take Antonio Brown over him because he scores touchdowns… When he’s not too busy throwing tantrums, missing practices and missing games that is

  2. Lord knows the man has earned it, but it’s tough as a team to think about adding 4 additional years to a 30 year old WR who still has 2 years left on his current contract. He could be Jerry Rice and have 1000 yard seasons at age 40, but for a guy who always feels like he’s injured (even though he almost always plays), I would not put my bet on him performing like he has for the long haul.

  3. He’s 31 how many more years does Atlanta think he can provide? I’d say the best years are in his past so this new contract should be interesting to say the least. It’s Arthur Blank though so maybe he can come on down to the sidelines and do a little dance while they give this guy money for past accomplishments, because he certainly isn’t going to get faster at this point in his career

  4. 113 receptions, 1,677 yards 8 TD’s in 2018. If you can get close to this for the next couple years, it’s worth it. He had 4.3 speed when he came into the league with a bad foot, so even though he may be at the point where he is slowing down physically, he should still have decent athleticism, that’s the most important thing when talking about a players age.

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