Julio Jones training with Terrell Owens reportedly making Falcons front office uneasy
Atlanta apparently does not want its top receiver, currently holding out, training with the Hall of Fame receiver
Parents will always be concerned with who their kids choose as friends, and NFL teams aren't much different: they want their stars surrounded by good people, wholesome influences, people who will help those players make good decisions. Which is a long way of saying the Falcons might not be thrilled to see Julio Jones, their star receiver who is in the middle of a holdout, spending a bunch of time this offseason with Terrell Owens.
In fact, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while appearing on ESPN Charlotte radio, Julio training with Owens has made the front office uneasy.
"The fact that he's running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy. The fact that he held out and is bucking the whole 'brotherhood' thing has them a little bit uneasy too," Ledbetter said. "They'll have to mend some fences, no question about it, once he returns."
This is a classic June NFL story. A star player is hardly news. And : the receiver approached things passive-aggressively at first, (insert "rolling eye emoji" here) and causing Falcons fans to freak the geek out.
But the theoretical concern here for the Falcons is not Julio skipping, even if, as Ledbetter pointed out, Quinn was anticipating Julio's presence only to see the receiver flip. The concern for Atlanta is, as Danny Kanell noted on CBS Sports HQ Tuesday morning, having Owens out there giving Julio advice.
"Not that he's working out with him, that's not the problem," Kanell noted. "It's the chirping in his ear, the advice he's getting -- if he's taking advice from TO, I'd be worried."
You can boil this down either way, really. Owens is a Hall of Fame receiver, he just won't be there when it happens). He's trained like a maniac his whole career and played for a very long time as a productive receiver. That's a guy you want helping your player train.(
But Owens also had to wait multiple years in order to get in the Hall, primarily because he was a pain in the rear as a teammate and to the guys signing him to contracts. Having Owens serve in any kind of advisory role for Julio -- basically telling him he shouldn't show up until he gets paid -- could viably be a major concern if you're part of the Falcons. Owens isn't a bad person and never got in trouble off the field, but he might serve as a bad influence for a star like Julio.
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