Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will not attend the team’s mandatory minicamp.
The Falcons announced Monday that Jones has informed the team that he will not be present when the Falcons get to work this week. The Falcons’ three-day minicamp begins Tuesday and ends Thursday.
“We have been in contact with Julio and his representation,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp. We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans.”
Jones is a two-time first-team All-Pro selection and apparently wants a new contract.
The Falcons were expecting Jones to take part in the entire offseason program, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but he has not participated in any of the voluntary OTAs.
The market for elite wide receivers seemed to change in the offseason after lucrative deals were signed by Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans, Cleveland’s Jarvis Landry and Kansas City’s Sammy Watkins.
According to the Journal Constitution, Jones signed a five-year, $71.2 million contract extension on Aug. 31, 2015. The deal included $47 million in guaranteed money, with base salaries of $10.5 million in 2018, $12.5 million in 2019 and $11.4 million in 2020.
To change Jones’ deal, the Falcons would have to restructure a contract that has three years left.
Last season, Jones had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season, and he added 18 catches for 195 yards and one touchdown in two postseason games.