A few weeks ago, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told reporters that the team was prepared to make Julio Jones the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.
Things might be moving in that direction.
Zach Klein of WSB reports that Jones’ agent, Jimmy Sexton, is headed to Atlanta this week to try to hammer out a new deal.
Julio has made it clear that he expects a new deal to eventually happen. He showed up to training camp and has said that owner Arthur Blank “gave his word and that’s golden.”
Saints receiver Michael Thomas reset the market at the position, signing a five-year, $100 million extension with $61 million guaranteed late last month.
Jones has two years left on his deal that currently is scheduled to pay him $9.6 million in base salary in 2019 and $11.4 million in 2020.
“We want Julio here for the rest of his career,” GM Thomas Dimitroff said prior before the Hall of Fame game on August 1st. “I’m not worried about it. We’re not concerned about it. We have a great working relationship, not only with Julio, but with CAA and with Jimmy Sexton. We’re communicating well. We’re not worried about the timeframe of it… So there’s not a major rush here.”
Dimitroff has been busy rewarding his own guys, handing out a four-year, $57 million deal to linebacker Deion Jones and a four-year, $68M deal to defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Julio should be next.
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