Are you freaking out about the fact that Julio Jones won’t attend the Falcons’ mandatory minicamp this week? You’re not alone. It’s one of the hottest stories in the NFL right now.
I went on XTRA 1360 in San Diego for a short segment talking about Jones’ holdout and what it means for the Falcons. Spoiler alert: No, this doesn’t mean Jones is unhappy with the Falcons. It also doesn’t mean that the team brought in Calvin Ridley to put Jones on notice. You can listen to the short segment below.
Why am I unconcerned about Jones’ holdout? Because I think the team will do the right thing and extend him before training camp. Jones’ work ethic is legendary. He’ll be prepared for the season. It won’t be an issue.
And why am I not mad at Jones for wanting a new deal even though he has three years left on his current one? That’s simple. Jones’ guaranteed money is about to run out, which means the team can easily move on from him now with minimal cap consequences. I’d wager that this is less about money for Jones and more about wanting to know that his future with the team that traded up to draft him is secure.
Weigh in with your hot takes on Jones and his holdout in the comments.