It’s the first day of voluntary team workouts, and we’ve already got a story to talk about. Star wide receiver Julio Jones won’t be present, according to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. Jones does, however, plan on attending mandatory minicamp in June.
Falcons reporting for first day of offseason workouts today. Julio Jones unlikely to be there. Told me he'd show up for the mandatory stuff. These workouts are voluntary. Mandatory minicamp is June 11-13. Jones awaiting new contract. Missed start of offseason workouts last season— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) April 15, 2019
This really shouldn’t be a story at all but we have to mention it, considering the fact that Jones held out of mandatory minicamp and almost the start of training camp last offseason in search of a new contract. He still hasn’t come to terms on a new contract with the team.
McClure’s report that Jones plans on being in the building for that mandatory minicamp come June 11 indicates that the two sides are most likely actively working on that contract extension in good faith.
For what it’s worth, at the beginning of the month Jones talked about how he’s not currently worried about his upcoming contract extension, while hinting that he’d miss some of the voluntary team workouts throughout this offseason. This seems like nothing more than those hints coming to fruition.
Julio Jones is coming off of another very successful season in which he won the receiving yards crown with 1,677 yards, while also hauling in eight touchdown passes (the most he’s had since 2015). He was selected as a Pro Bowler for the fifth consecutive season and for the sixth time in his career.
If in the off chance there is some sort of a falling out between Jones and the team (highly unlikely), don’t expect the reticent Julio to stir up a circus and turn into a social media villain the way Antonio Brown has the past few months.