Falcons, Jones agree on revised contract.
Just yesterday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones would not be reporting for training camp in hopes that the team would rework his deal. Less than 24 hours later, the Falcons agreed to revise Jones' contract.
Late Wednesday night, general manager Thomas Dimitroff announced that Jones, 29, would be present for training camp today, as the Falcons have agreed to a revised contract that adjusts Jones' salary for the 2018 season, according to multiple sources.
"We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation," Dimitroff's statement reads. "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.
"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."
According to ESPN, Jones has three years remaining on his contract, but it is believed that both sides have had dialogue to creatively increase his potential to earn more than his scheduled $10.5 million base salary in 2018. As part of the three years remaining on his contract, Jones is also slated to make $12.5 million in 2019 and $11.4 million in 2020.
Last season, the star wideout ranked second in receiving yards with 1,444, trailing only Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown. Jones also ranked ninth in receptions (88), although he only found the endzone three times during the season. As a team, the Falcons are coming off a 10-6 season in which they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.