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FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s up for a contract extension, said the team and his agent, Jimmy Sexton, have been discussing a contract extension.

“I haven’t talked to them,” Jones said on Thursday after checking into his condo at the team’s facilities. “My agent and the Falcons, obviously have been talking. I haven’t been talking. I talked to (coach Dan Quinn) earlier. Me and him are on the same page. He just needs me to be the leader that I am and to continue to work hard.”

Jones plans to be on the field when the team opens practice on Friday.

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090714 ATLANTA: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones breaks away from Saints defender safety Kenny Vaccaro for an apparent first down before fumbling the ball away to the Saints who recovered during the first quarter in their NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

“I’m just here to work,” said Jones, who caught 104 passes for 1,593 and six touchdowns last season.

With the new contracts signed by Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and Dallas’ Dez Bryant, the market is set for Jones’ deal.

since the market is now set, it shouldn’t take long to finalize his contract.

Joel Corry, a former agent and sports business analyst for CBS Sports, projects that Jones’ deal should average about $15.25 million per yer.

Jones is scheduled to play the 2015 season under his fully guaranteed $10.176 million option year salary. He’s virtually a lock to receive a franchise tag in 2016 if he doesn’t get a new deal.

The wide receiver franchise tag number will be approximately $14 million in 2016 with a $150 million salary cap, which is less than a five percent increase over this year’s $143.28 million salary cap.

A second franchise tag in 2017 should be around $16.8 million, a 20 percent increase over Jones’ 2016 franchise number under these conservative cap projections.

The average of franchising Jones twice should be $15.4 million per year at a minimum. The $14 million per year average of Thomas and Bryant’s deals is a little less than their two year franchise tag average of $14.1 million per year.

Jones, who was selected with sixth pick overall in the 2011 draft, is a two-time Pro Bowler.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, who reported to training camp Thursday, said his agent and the team have started negotiations toward a new long-term contract.

Julio Jones set a Falcons franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards on a career-high 104 receptions last season despite missing one game with an oblique injury. AP Photo/Tom Lynn

Jones has one year left on his deal and is scheduled to make $10.176 million this season. Fellow receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas recently received five year, $70 million contracts that included more than $40 million guaranteed.

Jones was asked if a new deal could be reached soon.

"I don't know," he said. "I haven't talked to (the Falcons). My agent (Jimmy Sexton) and the Falcons obviously have been talking. I haven't been talking. I talked to DQ (coach Dan Quinn) earlier. Me and him are on the same page. He just needs me to be the leader I am and to continue to keep working hard and take care of what I can take care of."

Jones participated in all offseason activities and vowed not to being a training camp holdout. He's coming off a franchise-record setting 1,593 receiving yards last season on a career-high 104 receptions. He accomplished the feat despite missing one game with an oblique injury. Detroit's Calvin Johnson is the highest paid receiver in the league at $16.2 million per year. Veteran Falcons receiverRoddy White would like Jones to reach that mark, or at least close to it.

"I want my dog to get as much money as he can get," White said of Jones. "You know me. I want him to get $17 million per year."

Getting an extension done with a star player before training camp wouldn't be new for the Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year, $103.75 million extension on July 25, 2013, the same day training camp started. And last year, White signed an extension through 2017 (worth $18 million) on July 25, the day training camp began

Shuttup Roddy! lol

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I want all players to get as much money as they possibly can. If Julio can get $17 mil a year fom Atl more power to him. He isn't though

I don't. I want our best players to accept a little less money, so that we have more cap space to surround them with the talent required to be successful.

Having said that, I wouldn't criticise any FA - or any player negotiating a contract extension - for wanting to get what he can whilst he can, within reason.

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