While we’re all glued to social media to await more news of the Atlanta Falcons making moves in free agency, there’s still business to tend to on the home front.
GM Thomas Dimitroff caught up with ESPN’s Vaughn McClure to provide some insight into where exactly things stand with Julio Jones and his pending contract talks.
I asked Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff today about the potential to make Julio Jones the league's highest-paid receiver in the neighborhood of $20 million per year-plus following the Antonio Brown news: ``I believe there are a handful of elite receivers --... https://t.co/tbqBHcdm01— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 12, 2019
Keep in mind, incoming Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown just set the market for receivers through his trade, making Jones’ talks all the more pertinent.
As McClure notes, the cap will change dramatically for 2019 if a deal can get done, but the cap hits for the future will be quite sizable and will likely reset the market once more for wideouts.
Seeing McClure’s report that that Dimitroff and Jones’ agent, the powerful Jimmy Sexton, have chatted about the looming talks does make you feel good that this can get done in orderly fashion.
Jones’ camp will probably want to wait as long as they can to see if teams keep making ludicrous deals for lesser wide receivers to ramp up the price even more, but it’ll probably indeed be around $20 million a year from here on out for the Jet. He’s absolutely deserving, but life will get tougher around Flowery Branch with so many guys needing money in the future.
We may see some frustrating releases and departures in the seasons ahead, but the Falcons have to keep the core intact, and that often takes investment.
There are no murmurs just yet of any Jones holdouts, and you can imagine the team would love to have their best player present for all of the offseason this time around. Look for this to get taken care of sooner than later, and for the Falcons to do right by one of their best players in franchise players.
Make no mistake, friends. Julio Jones is about to break the bank.