“I’m not going to hold out for anything," Jones said. "My teammates need me. I’m being selfish if I’m not here and doing what I need to do.”
If no deal is reached, Jones can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Jones produced 1,593 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 104 catches last season, which earned him a Pro Bowl selection.
Jones can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, yet no talks on a new deal have been discussed despite the expressed desire from front office personnel to keep him on the team. General manager Thomas Dimitroff traded away five picks in the 2011 draft in order to select him.
The 26-year-old Jones has been worth the gamble. He landed a Pro Bowl spot last season, setting the franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards on a whopping 104 catches while coming back from a fractured foot sustained the previous year.
With the NFL draft completed,
"There is no question that our focus in the future will be on Julio Jones and where we are," Dimitroff said. "I don't want to get into specifics about the timing of that, obviously. But now that the draft is over and we continue to build this football team, we understand that Julio is a very important part of our building and evolving as a championship-type team."
Jones is a two-time Pro Bowl player and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Jones has had to deal with foot issues during his career, which Dimitroff said wasn't an issue.
"That's not my concern right now," Dimitroff said. "That's not my concern, period."
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.
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