Julio Jones reporting to Falcons training camp after 'adjustment' to 2018 salary
The Falcons announced late Wednesday that they came to an understanding with their star receiver for 2018
Breathe a sigh of relief, Falcons fans. Star receiver Julio Jones will be at team headquarters on Thursday when players report for training camp, general manager Thomas Dimitroff announced on Wednesday night.
The Falcons,with three years remaining on his deal, reached some kind of "agreement" with the star wide receiver that will apparently get him a little more cash now with a promise to negotiate further after the 2018 season.
"We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation. We have come to an agreement with Julio, and we will re-address everything in 2019. I appreciate everyone's hard work and communication on this," Dimitroff said in a statement. "This adjustment does not impede us from working on other extensions with other key members of our football team. We will continue to work on those contracts going forward."
Things had gotten a little awkward earlier on Wednesday, when. Even though their salaries don't live in the same realm as Julio's (coaches and GMs do not count against the salary cap), it was still interesting to reward them with two years left .
As noted by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora both on CBS Sports HQ and on a recent episode of the Pick Six Podcast, the Falcons weren't going to mess up any long-term relationship with Julio because the wideout wants more money. They were going to figure out a way to get him into camp.
Adjusting his deal in a massive way,, would be difficult to do. But it sounds as if, based on a report from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, that the Falcons simply changed the money Jones will receive for the 2018 season.
Essentially, they extended Julio an olive branch for this season, with the promise to hammer something out in the future.
Jones was likely upset about being passed on the top-paid receiver scale by guys like Sammy Watkins and Jarvis Landry. Earlier this week, a report indicated Jones was as he held out for a reworked deal.
But it's, with , working out with Terrell Owens ( ) and refusing to engage in standard #Brotherhood behavior.
Mercifully another "nothing to see here" holdout is now over, which means we can get on to worrying about other players who aren't showing up. The Falcons have to be enthused about being able to get on with their business of trying to make a championship run.
If Julio has a massive year and brings home a title to owner Arthur Blank, you better believe he will be financially rewarded.
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