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After weeks of negotiations, and a rumored holdout after failing to get an adjustment on his contract, the Atlanta Falcons and wide receiver Julio Jones have reached an agreement.
The Falcons announced on Wednesday night that Jones will attend training camp on Thursday. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Jones and the Falcons have agreed on a revised contract to adjust his salary this season, too, which was the root of his initial issue.
“We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation. We have come to an agreement with Julio, and we will re-address everything in 2019,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement Wednesday night. “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.”
Jones is currently in the second year of his five-year, $71.2 million deal that he signed during training camp in 2015. His base salary for this season was set at $10.5 million — significantly less than multiple other receivers in the NFL that are less productive than the 29-year-old.
Jones already skipped the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and last months mandatory minicamp while attempting to renegotiate his contract with the Falcons front office, which they told him they had no intentions of doing this season.
Now the Falcons have announced they are committed to renegotiating that deal after this season. And, according to Rapoport, he will receive an unspecified raise this season.
Jones, who was the sixth pick in the 2011 NFL draft, led the Falcons with 88 catches for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns last season. He became the seventh receiver in NFL history to record four seasons with more than 1,400 yards — a mark he’s hit four years in a row — and has recorded more than 9,000 yards in just seven seasons.
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