Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who the team selected fifth overall back in the 2011 NFL draft, is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal.
Despite the fact that an extension for Jones has been up in the air, the receiver has shown up for the team’s OTAs with a positive attitude in hand. According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, there has been no significant progress made regarding Jones’ contract extension (h/t Sports World Report).
This news follows reports from Thomas Dimitroff that he feels confident that a new contract will get worked out. Throughout the process, Jones has been quiet, simply indicating that he hopes to be a Falcon for years to come.
Jones fits into a similar situation to that of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who is going to be playing out his fifth-year option. Additionally, wide receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas are up for eventual monster paydays after completing their rookie contracts. Both received franchise tags earlier this year and both are in negotiations with the hopes of coming to some sort of a long-term deal.
With that said, there really is no market set for the receivers of this elite status. Interestingly, this runs contrary to teams locking up similarly-aged quarterbacks in recent months. The two most recent were Ryan Tannehill and Cam Newton, who both received large paydays.
Eventually one of these young receivers will receive a huge contract, which will then set the market for those still looking at extension. It just remains to be seen who.
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