By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the National Football League. However, according to a new report from The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz, the Atlanta Falcons will not sign Jones to a new contract this season.
Jones skipped OTA and minicamp, as he is not happy with his current contract with the team. Despite being one of the top three wide receivers, he’s not being paid like it, as he is the eighth-highest-paid receiver in the league.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks to an extension that will pay him an average of $16 million per season. Cooks, Sammy Watkins, who will also make $16 million per season in his three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams, among others, make more money than Jones.
According to Schultz, the team has not budgeted enough money to give him an extension this season. They are going to hope that Jones shows up at training camp after getting this information now, as he could still potentially hold out and risk being fined, too.
Schultz says that the team would like to sign left tackle Jake Matthews, free safety Ricardo Allen, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett to an extension first. Jones is signed through the 2020 season.
The 29-year-old receiver is slated to make $10.5 million this season. He is then expected to make $12.5 million in 2019, before making $11.4 million in 2020.
The Falcons begin their training camp on July 27th.
Jones had his fourth-straight 1,000-plus yardage season in 2017, as he had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards with three touchdowns. The 1,444 yards were the third-most he had in a season, as he had a career-high 1,871 yards in 2015 and 1,593 yards in 2014.
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