Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is unlikely to be present at the Falcons’ first voluntary offseason workouts on Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
But fret not Falcons fans: McClure adds that Jones would show up for the mandatory workouts. He also missed the voluntary workouts last offseason, so this doesn’t seem like a big deal.
Of course, this comes smack dab in the middle of contract negotiations between the two sides, so Jones’ decision to skip Atlanta’s first round of workouts is likely going to raise some hairs even if there is no intent behind it.
Jones is under contract through 2020, but he is looking for a new deal. He is scheduled to make $9.6 million in 2019.
The 30-year-old is coming off of a terrific 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 113 receptions for a league-best 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by the Falcons with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He had a very impressive rookie season, catching 54 passes for 959 yards and eight scores. He then went on to make his first Pro Bowl the following season, snaring 79 balls for 1,198 yards while reaching the end zone 10 times.
Overall, Jones has made six Pro Bowls and has earned a pair of First-Team All-Pro selections throughout his eight-year NFL tenure, with his best season coming in 2015 when he led the league in both receptions (136) and receiving yards (1,871). He added eight touchdown catches on top of that.
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