Julio Jones remains the subject of the Atlanta Falcons’ most important business discussions this offseason as the wide receiver still awaits a new contract offer.
Nothing official has been announced, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff says the negotiations are heading in the right direction for both sides.
“We have the utmost faith that Julio is coming here and he’s taking care of his business while he’s here, and we’ll keep plugging away with Jimmy [Sexton, Jones’ agent],” Dimitroff told ESPN from the team’s training camp.
“We have a very good working relationship and respect for Jimmy Sexton and CAA, and I’m confident [the deal] will get done.”
Jones received a contract adjustment last offseason after he briefly held out of the Falcons’ offseason preparation, combined with a promise from the Falcons that they would offer him a new contract in the 2019 offseason.
No such deal has been announced, there has been some speculation that Jones and the Falcons may actually already have the terms of a contract in place, but are waiting until the weekend to make the announcement. An NFL rule prohibits teams from announcing new contracts until one year after their most recent contract adjustment.
The Falcons announced that adjustment on July 27 last year, a date which falls on Saturday in 2019.
Jones has two years remaining on the $71.25 million contract he signed prior to the 2015 season, an arrangement which also has $21 million left to be paid out.
Last season, Jones led the NFL with 1,677 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns.
“Julio’s been nothing but great with us over the years,” Dimitroff said. “Even last year, when it got a little bit duty during that time, we were able to sit down and work through it. I thought we worked through it cleanly.
“We understand being the highest paid receiver in the NFL. And the fact that Julio is approaching it the way he is is appreciated. That said, we expect nothing less from Julio Jones, one of our main leaders on this team.”