Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitorff confirmed Thursday at the NFL combine that the team intends to keep Jones in a Falcons uniform 'for years to come.'
"There's no question that we've had discussions about Julio and obviously everyone else on our roster," Dimitroff said. "He's one of the guys that we feel is one of the best talents in the league."
Jones will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season, but Dimitroff said the team needs to be careful with how they offer salaries.
"You take a quarterback, who's going to be very expensive and then take wide receiver and a couple of other positions and make sure that you are paying market value and also making sure that you have enough space on the team to do the right thing," Dimitroff said.
Jones is set to make approximately $10.2 million in 2015 and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 if a new deal is not signed, or if he isn't franchise tagged. He set a franchise-record 1,593 receiving yards in 15 games on 104 receptions with six touchdowns in 2014.
"Matt Ryan fits everybody's offense," Shanahan said. "He's done a little bit of everything: drop back, play action. He's not done a lot of movement, but he has the athletic ability to do it. I'm really looking forward to working with him."
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"We are going to make (defenses) defend the deep ball," he said.
"As the owner, it's not my decision to make," Blank said. "The new coach will spend a great deal of time assessing the roster and all of our players, and obviously Julio is a critical one.
"Well, I think it's a decision that the head coach will look at the talent on the roster," Blank said. "Julio's been a great player for us and a great talent, and he represents us on the field and off the field as well as anybody else."
Jones is set to make $10.2 million in 2015 and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 if a new deal is not signed. In 2014, Jones set a franchise-record 1,593 receiving yards in 15 games on 104 receptions with six touchdowns.
Jones made his second Pro Bowl roster after totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games in 2014. Sanders is now headed to his first Pro Bowl after totaling 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns -- all career highs.
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