Add Roddy White to the long list of people who just wish the Falcons would lock up Julio Jones already.
White told ESPN's Josina Anderson that if he were Thomas Dimitroff, he would absolutely get Julio signed to a new deal as soon as possible.
#Falcons WR Roddy White 2 me: "If I was the GM I would get a deal done with Julio (Jones) now. I want to make sure he’s paid. That’s my guy"— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 17, 2015
It's no secret that White and Jones are friends, and it makes sense that White would prefer to see Jones secured by the Falcons long-term. White also told Anderson that extending Jones would make Jones feel more comfortable and would also save the team money overall.
Roddy White to me on a Julio Jones deal: "The more they wait, the more it’s going to cost them. It’s important that he feels comfortable."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 17, 2015
Roddy seems to also just like to see wide receivers getting paid in general. Earlier this week, he extended congratulations to Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant on their new deals. Of course, the deals for Thomas and Bryant should help pave the way for a new deal for Jones.
During OTAs, Jones told the Atlanta media that he did not intend to hold out for a new deal. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has said that he has no concerns about Jones' injury history, particularly the foot injury that ended Jones' season in 2013.
It's in the team's best interest to get Jones locked up, and while ESPN's Vaughn McClure reported earlier this week that there's no forward progress toward a new deal between the Falcons and Jones, it's reasonable to expect that an extension for Jones is forthcoming. Based on the timing of recent extensions for White and Matt Ryan, a new deal could even be in place by the time training camp begins.