birdz4i Posted June 19, 2015 Share Posted June 19, 2015 There's a long list of top tier NFL wide receivers who'd love to get a new contract before the 2015 season starts. That list includes Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones.Although Bryant and Thomas have put their foot down -- Bryant is threatening to sit out several regular season games and Thomas didn't show up for any offseason practices -- Jones doesn't plan to do the same.The Falcons wide receiver said this week that he's going to show up for practice because not showing up is "selfish.""I'm not going to hold out for anything," Jones said, via ESPN.com. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do."If holding out is selfish, then you can probably guess what Jones thinks of Bryant and Thomas' situation. That being said, Jones claims he hasn't been paying attention to the other two."I haven't been watching other people," Jones said. "All I can do is take care of me. I'm going to let [the Falcons] take care of that side of it.If they say be here at this time, I'm going to be there. I'm going to be accountable."Jones isn't in the exact same situation as Bryant and Thomas, but it is similar.If Jones doesn't reach a new deal with the Falcons before the season starts, he'll have to play the 2015 season under the option year in his rookie deal.Under the CBA that was approved in 2011, all first-round picks are given a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth-year. Jones was the sixth overall pick in 2011 and the Falcons exercised his option in May 2014.The option year for top-10 picks is almost like getting tagged: Jones will be paid a number equal to the transition tag in 2015, meaning he'll make $10.2 million.If Bryant and Thomas sign their franchise deals, they'll each make $12.823 million in 2015.Jones will definitely be making his money in 2015, however, it's not clear if Bryant and Thomas will be collecting because both players seem to have zero interest in playing the upcoming season under the franchise tag.The weird part here is that all three receivers -- along with A.J. Green -- are connected whether they like it or not. One of the four will have to sign a new deal first and that new deal is going to set the new market for wide receivers.The highest paid receiver in the NFL is currently Calvin Johnson, who signed a seven-year, $113.45 million contract that included $48.75 million guaranteed in 2012.As for Jones, it doesn't sound like he would mind being the guinea pig in the game of roulette that the receiver market has become."Whatever the [Falcons] feel like I'm deserving of... I'm just here," Jones said. "I'm just trying to be the best teammate. I'm just trying to play.My thing is to play ball. Jimmy Sexton, he's going to negotiate that with [general manager] Thomas [Dimitroff] and [Falcons owner] Mr. [Arthur] Blank. That's the side they handle. My side, I've got to handle on the football field. I've got to keep showing up every day and putting in work."The crazy part is, Sexton might actually be using the fact that Jones is "showing up every day and putting in work" as part of negotiations.Jones' agent could make a point that a guy who shows up and doesn't hold out deserves more money than a Bryant -- who's threatening to sit out games -- or a Thomas, who's just not showing up for work.http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25218965/indirect-knock-on-dez-falcons-wr-julio-jones-calls-holding-out-selfish Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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