Monday was the first day of voluntary workouts for the Atlanta Falcons in 2019. And for the second straight year, All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was absent.
Of course, this piece of news comes as no surprise to anyone. ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure tweeted Monday:
"Julio Jones is not in the building for the start of Falcons' offseason workouts today, source tells me. Not a concern, either. Jones told me recently there is no set time where he needs to be in-house and that he plans to be there when it's mandatory as he awaits a new contract. He did not attend the start of voluntary offseason workouts last season, either, while working out on his own."
In addition to not coming to voluntary workouts last year, Jones missed minicamp, but apparently he plans to attend that this year. The mandatory minicamp will begin on June 11, and by then, Jones may very well have a new contract.
Either way, this seems to be -- to reference Shakespeare -- much ado about nothing. It's really only news because the NFL news cycle is in its quiet before the storm.
With the 2019 schedule planning to break in the middle of this week and then the NFL draft taking place next week, there won't be many out there that will even remember Jones not at the Falcons facilitate this week.
Nor should they. When it comes to voluntary workouts, the key word is "voluntary."