Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones has but to hitch the staff for offseason exercises, in accordance with a number of sources, and the deletion of Falcons images from his Instagram web page fueled hypothesis relating to unrest between Jones and the staff.
Jones was not together with his teammates when the Falcons formally started offseason exercises final week however was anticipated again this week. Nonetheless, he wasn’t current when the gamers returned to the sphere Monday.
The staff mentioned the deletion of the Falcons images needed to do with Jones wanting a “recent begin” on social media and nothing extra.
One supply instructed ESPN it was to set an instance for Alabama gamers. Jones, a star receiver at Alabama from 2008-10, had spent the day with Crimson Tide gamers.
There have been whispers a few attainable contract scenario relating to Jones, however nothing has gone public from Jones’ camp or from the staff.
The five-time Professional Bowler signed a five-year, $71.25 million extension ($47 million assured) in August 2015 and nonetheless has three years and $34.43 million left on the deal. His common from the deal — $14.25 million — falls under the averages for Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown ($17 million per 12 months), Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans ($16.5 million), Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million), Kansas Metropolis’s Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Cincinnati’s A.J. Inexperienced ($15 million).
The Falcons have prioritized signing quarterback Matt Ryan to an extension this offseason, with Ryan having one 12 months and $19.25 million left on his deal. Basic supervisor Thomas Dimitroff additionally talked about nostril deal with Grady Jarrett, left deal with Jake Matthews and free security Ricardo Allen probably being prolonged. The instant focus is getting ready for Thursday’s NFL draft.
The Falcons have mentioned it is very important have Jones wholesome this offseason to place within the follow time with Ryan. Jones is figuring out with former NFL receiver Terrell Owens.
Jones’ absence from the staff will turn out to be extra of a priority if he is not round for necessary minicamp, June 12-14.