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Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Julio Jones is holding out and will not report to camp. What makes this hold out different from all the other holdouts by players unhappy wit their contracts is that Jones still has three years left on his old contract. Jones is in the third year of a six-year deal that with pay him in upwards of $14.25 million a year through 2020 when the Dirt Bird wide out turns 30.

 

Atlanta has been aware of Jones position for a while and that might have been the impetus for Atlanta to draft another SEC WR in Calvin Ridley with their first pick in the April draft. Jones skipped off-season workouts and made it clear that he would not report without an “updated” contract. The Falcons have stood firm in stating that they would not re-do the deal.

 

Jones deal falls in line with other “elite” wide receivers in several key metrics including annual value (8th), first-year cash (4th), three-year cash (7th), and guarantees (3rd). At the end of the third year, 66% of the contract will have been paid including almost all of the guaranteed money. The wide receiver market is steady but some lesser players (Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry) have worked out deals in free agency that pay more per year.

 

The Falcon’s tagline coming into 2018 was “brotherhood” so it will remain to be seen how the holdout will affect the locker room. Jones has been revered by his teammates in the past and this is new uncharted waters in Atlanta. On the positive side, the holdout will give Ridley increased reps with the first team and get the rookie more quickly on the same page with quarterback Matt Ryan who was given a boatload of money in his off-season contract extension.

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