Sources: Falcons tell Julio no renegotiation

The Atlanta Falcons have told All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones they will not renegotiate his contract before the upcoming NFL season, FOX 5 Sports has confirmed.

Sources tell FOX 5 the team has told the perennial All-Pro they will not give him the raise he wants, but they hope Jones will report to training camp when it begins next week.

According to sources familiar with contract talks, the Falcons recently informed Jones they had not budgeted for a contract renegotiation this offseason and would not rework his contract.

Jones is only two years into a five-year contract but during that period, a number of other high profile wide receivers have signed bigger contracts. That includes Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who signed a reported five-year, $80 million contract without the same resume.

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The former Alabama All-American skipped the Falcons’ optional offseason program and last month’s mandatory mini-camp over the contract issue.

FOX 5 reached out to both the Falcons and Jones’ agent Thursday morning for confirmation, but neither side would comment.

According to sources, the Falcons have told Jones and his agent Jimmy Sexton that they have budgeted for a renegotiation following the 2018 season, and he can expect a raise then.

Jones’ only public comment on this matter came outside of a West Hollywood restaurant in May, when he told FOX 5 partner TMZ, “I’m not going anywhere. I love the team, I love the organization, I love everybody there. We’re good.”

The Falcons drafted another Alabama All-American wide receiver, Calvin Ridley, in the 1st round of this year’s NFL draft.

Falcons training camp beings on Thursday, July 26.