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Julio Jones | Wide Receiver

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
College: Alabama
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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure says there's a "general sense around the team" that a Julio Jones extension could be done by the start of training camp.
The two sides had not been talking as of last week. But Wednesday's two mega-deals for Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have set the market, giving the Falcons parameters for a deal. Julio, who is averaging 7.2 catches for 108.6 yards over his last 20 games, will be asking for something very similar to the five-year, $70 million those two got. He is scheduled to make $10.176 million this year, the final season of his contract. Jul 16 - 8:41 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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A league source told ESPN's Vaughn McClure the Falcons have had no extension talks with contract-year WR Julio Jones.

Jones is owed $10.176 million this season. The Falcons could let him play out the final year of his deal, then franchise tag Jones next winter if they don't want to commit major guaranteed money to a player with his history of foot problems. Like A.J. Green, Julio isn't causing a stir about his contract situation. "I'm not going to hold out for anything," Jones said last month. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do." Beat writer Vaughn McClure is still optimistic the Falcons and Jones will hammer out an extension prior to Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 4:52 PM

Contract-year WR Julio Jones said a holdout would be "selfish."

Jones' agent and the Falcons are in the midst of extension negotiations. But unlike Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, Julio has been at practice every day to get reps in the new Kyle Shanahan scheme. (Of course, Dez and Demaryius are not under contract, while Jones is.) "I'm not going to hold out for anything," Julio insisted. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 8:20 AM

Julio Jones reported for voluntary OTAs Tuesday.

It's only notable because Jones is entering the final year of his contract and is in the process of extension negotiations. No one would fault him for working out on his own as a way to accelerate those talks. But Jones, healthy and set for an eruption as the "X" receiver for Kyle Shanahan, is showing some good faith.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 10:34 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said a contract extension for Julio Jones will be a priority.

Now that the draft is over, the Falcons are expected to open negotiations with Jones. He's currently set to hit unrestricted free agency following this season. At just 26 years old with uniquely dominant ability, the Falcons are going to have to pony up Calvin Johnson kind of money. Julio is set to tear the roof off the league this year as Roddy White continues to fade into the distance.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 9:37 AM

CBS Sports' Joel Corry expects Julio Jones to aim for $50 million-plus guaranteed on a long-term extension.

Both coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff have stated that signing Jones to an extension is a priority as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. With all four of Jones, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, and A.J. Green looking for new contracts, we're just waiting for one of them to set the bar. Jones has past foot issues, but is expected to command around $15 million annually.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 9:12 AM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said signing Julio Jones to a long-term contract is a priority.

"Plain and simple, we want Julio here for a long time to come," were Dimitroff's exact words. New coach Dan Quinn said the same thing two weeks ago. Jones has a concerning injury history with his foot, but it wasn't an issue in 2014. He's one of the best overall players in the league. Absent a deal this offseason, Jones will assuredly be franchise tagged in 2016.
Feb 19 - 3:44 PM

The Falcons have not yet approached Julio Jones about a contract extension.

Jones is entering the final year of his contract after ripping the league apart for 104 receptions in 2014. The contracts top wideouts Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas end up signing will go a long way toward determining Jones' market value. If a long-term deal isn't reached, Atlanta also has the option to assign Jones the franchise tag in 2016. One way or another, they're not going to let their freak talent go.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 9:58 AM

New OC Kyle Shanahan put Julio Jones in the same category as Andre Johnson.

Shanahan spent four years with Johnson in Houston (2006-09). During that time, Johnson averaged 6.6 catches for 90.2 yards and 0.52 TDs per game, easily top-5 WR numbers. We'd argue that Julio has even more explosive talent than Johnson and is set for a contract-year eruption as Shanny's "X" receiver. Even Pierre Garcon was able to record a 113-1,346-5 line on a league-leading 184 targets in 2013 while playing that "X" spot for Shanahan.
Feb 10 - 12:33 PM

New coach Dan Quinn confirmed getting Julio Jones signed to a long-term contract is a priority.

Jones, who just turned 26 years old, is heading into the final year of his rookie deal. The Falcons should explore an extension this offseason if they want to avoid using the franchise tag on him a year from now. As an other-worldly talent set to play the Andre Johnson/Pierre Garcon "X" role for Kyle Shanahan, Julio is poised for an eruption as long as his health cooperates.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 9:07 AM

Julio Jones caught 4-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Jones was in and out of the game after reportedly aggravating a preexisting knee injury. That's the story of Jones' season, as he battled multiple lower-body ailments despite missing just one game. He still had the best season of his career, totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Legitimately dominant on the outside when at or near full health, Jones will be a surefire WR1 and first- or second-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. He has one year left on his contract at 25 years old. Matt Ryan also still has a ton of game left at 30.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:35:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer confirms Julio Jones (oblique) will play Week 17 against the Panthers.

According to Breer, the Falcons feel so good about Julio that they don't even need to put him through pregame tests. He isn't at 100 percent, but should dominate targets in this winner-takes-the-NFC-South tilt.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:59:00 AM

Julio Jones (oblique) returned to practice Friday.

He's listed as questionable but is going to play Sunday with the NFC South on the line against the Panthers. Jones isn't 100 percent but will be peppered with targets.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Julio Jones (oblique) remained sidelined Thursday.

Jones could miss Friday's session, as well, but will suit up at less than 100 percent health for Sunday's winner-take-all tilt against the Panthers. He can be trusted in daily leagues.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Julio Jones (oblique) did not practice Wednesday.

Jones didn't look fully healthy last week, but still managed seven catches for a team-high 107 yards. The Falcons are resting him leading up to Sunday's NFC South championship. Roddy White (ankle) was also held out.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 04:14:00 PM