Report: Falcons ‘hopeful’ about signing Julio Jones to long-term extension

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons have a good news/bad news situation going on right now with superstar wide receiver Julio Jones.

The bad news is that he’s not going to show up for training camp without a new contract.

The good news is that the Falcons might not have to wait a tremendously long amount of time to get him into camp. Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network reported Wednesday that a team source says the Falcons are “hopeful” to get something done.

This is a very intriguing situation given the fact that Jones actually has three years left on his current deal. It’s very rare for players to land new contracts in this type of timeline, but it’s also worth noting that, when Jones did sign his current deal the market for elite receivers was different.

As things stand now, Jones’ average salary of $14.25 million per season ranks No. 8 in the NFL. Guys like Davante Adams and Jarvis Landry are making more than him, so it’s easy to understand why he wants more.

That being said, the Falcons have all the leverage here since he is still under contract for three more seasons. It’s going to be fascinating to see how this plays out in the long run.