Report: Julio Jones skipping OTAs, wants ‘update’ on contract
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is looking for a new contract, according to a report.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Jones won’t be at the team’s voluntary OTAs and is seeking an “update” on his contract. The Falcons may be willing to give it to him less than three years after he signed a new deal in 2015.
From Up to the Minute Live: #Falcons WR Julio Jones is among those not expected to be at OTAs, sources say, after being in and out last year. He also wants an update to his contract. Considering the kind of teammate he is, it sounds like the team is willing to consider it. pic.twitter.com/PulYkczo57
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 18, 2018
The 29-year-old is coming off another solid season, though his 1,444 receiving yards and three touchdowns are both down a bit from his 2015 peak.
Jones is slated to make a $10.5 million base salary in 2018. That puts him behind the sport’s top earners — Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, for instance, will make $6 million more than Jones will this season. It’s easy to see why Jones would look for a slight salary boost, considering he’s a guy that even the NFL’s best corners dread having to shadow.