Wide receiver Julio Jones’ situation with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason has included some tension.
Recently, it was reported that the former Alabama player and five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver wants a new deal and is not expected to attend organized team activities. In April, Jones made his social media accounts private and unfollowed everyone from the Falcons’ organization.
There’s a chance all the offseason developments mean nothing, but Jones’ situation has become a source of intrigue. On Tuesday, Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that he has spoken to Jones regularly and that the player is expected to attend the team’s mandatory mini-camp, as relayed by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that he’s been speaking regularly with star WR Julio Jones and that Jones is expected to be there for mandatory minicamp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 22, 2018
Jones has become a staple of Atlanta’s offense since the franchise selected him at No. 6 in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has 9,054 yards receiving and 43 touchdowns for his NFL career.
Recently, the Falcons added former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley in the 2018 NFL Draft. But it’s unlikely that the Falcons are preparing for a post-Jones era. The franchise respects Jones, and pairing him with Ridley could give Atlanta a dynamic combination at wide receiver for several seasons.
Still, Jones’ status will be worth following as the offseason continues. Jones and the Falcons have plenty to gain by both sides enjoying a strong relationship.