If you’re worried about Julio Jones’ pending new deal with the Falcons getting done, don’t be. Jones spoke to reporters after practice on Tuesday and confirmed reports that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is in town negotiating with the team.
“My agent’s in town,” Jones said. “Like I said, it’s nothing for me to really report. Just front office business with my agent, Jimmy Sexton.”
Jones isn’t upset about the timetable, either.
“I didn’t put a timeline on it,” Jones said. “Me, I just do what I need to do to stay ready.”
Once the Falcons do reach an agreement with Jones’ camp, he said there’s not much to finalizing the new contract.
“Usually just go in there and sign. There’s nothing really to (it),” Jones said.
And if you think the best receiver in the NFL might be kind of a diva and require a fancy, special ink pen to sign his new deal — like, I don’t know, this one from Cartier or this lovely Montblanc — well, he doesn’t.
“No, no, no, no,” Jones said. “Just need to put some ink on the paper. That’s all.”
Jones’ talent makes it impossible for the Falcons to avoid coming to an agreement with the team’s top wide receiver. Jones racked up 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and his presence on the field also creates opportunities for other receivers because defenses have to account for him to avoid getting embarrassed. Sometimes defenses do account for him, and they still get embarrassed. Just look at this dude.
With Sexton physically in Atlanta to negotiate with the team, I think it’s not unreasonable to expect that a deal could be done with Julio this week. Then we can all go back to complaining about missed kicks and poor offensive line play in preseason.