Falcons GM thinks Julio Jones contract extension is coming soon
Julio Jones is seeking a contract extension from the Atlanta Falcons, and the team’s general manager believes one is close.
Jones reported to training camp on time last month but has been limited by a foot injury. He and the Falcons have been working towards a new contract. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday he was “confident” one would get done.
“He’s in a great spot, we’re in a great spot,” Dimitroff said during the telecast of Thursday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. “We continue to have our negotiations. I’m confident, I don’t have an exact timeline, but I’m not concerned about it, he’s not concerned about it … It’s just a matter of where it’s all going to land. As you know, you get a little creative and see how it is. I think it’s around the corner.”
Jones is owed a $9.4 million base salary in the upcoming season and $11.4 million next season. The 30-year-old has caught 31 touchdown passes since 2014 and has consistently been among the league leaders in receptions and receiving yards.
He wants to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the league, which means the Falcons would have to top this deal.