Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who was promised a contract extension this offseason, did not report today to the start of the team’s organized team activities.
The Falcons, like much of the NFL, were closely monitoring Antonio Brown’s renegotiated contract ($54.1 million with $30.1 million guaranteed) as the likely new bar for wide receivers after he was traded to the Raiders.
Jones did not participate in offseason activities last season and settled on a contract adjustment before the start of training camp. The Falcons agreed to improve Jones’ contract after it was adjusted on July 27, 2018.
Jones’ deal currently has two years remaining with salaries of $9.6 million in 2019 and $11.4 million in 2020. With Brown’s new deal averaging $18 million, the Falcons will likely have to double Jones’ base salary and grant a two or three-year extension to lessen the salary cap ramifications. Odell Beckham Jr. of the Cleveland Browns is the only other receiver averaging $18 million a year.