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Julio Relationship with Falcons expected to be in "bad place"

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We get an idea of the team’s mindset with all of this here.

By Cory Woodroof@CoryWoodroof47  Jun 18, 2018, 11:25am EDT
 

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The Falcons and Julio Jones contract extension saga has been the story of the offseason, and now we have a prognostication and some context for the ordeal from someone with a close ear to the ground.

Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Charlotte’s ESPN 730AM The Game and gave his take on where the thinks this situation will wind up.

“Yes, I do [expect a deal to get done],” Ledbetter said on the show. “I think he’ll be in camp on time, and they’ll work their differences out. Nothing major, but it’s major enough to keep him away from camp. The markets for wide receivers went up over the offseason, and [it] looks like Julio wants an adjustment to his contract.”

Ledbetter paints a less-rosy picture for the relationship between Jones and the team at the moment of this contract conversation.

“It’s in a bad place right now,” Ledbetter added. “Coach was expecting him in here. He told us that at the owners meeting when I talked to him down there in Orlando, and then, a few weeks later, Julio informed that he’s not going to be here.”

He also alludes to the T.O. element to this holdout as being something that might drive a rift between Jones and the Falcons.

“The fact that he’s running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy. The fact that he’s held out and is kind of bucking the whole Brotherhood thing has them a little bit uneasy, too. So, they’ll have to mend some fences, no question about it, once he returns.”

Though, Ledbetter says Jones “still means the world to this team,” and that the drafting of Calvin Ridley was not done to be a replacement for Jones down the road. He notes that Ridley is firmly supposed to replace what Taylor Gabriel brought to the offense.

To hear all at once that D-Led expects this to get resolved before camp and that the team and Julio aren’t in a great place right now is, admittedly, a lot to take in.

On one side, level minds have felt for some time that the Falcons would get this settled before things got dire with Julio, and that they understand he’s worthy of this kind of raise.

But, this might also be true: the Falcons might resent this a bit in terms of having to reopen how they negotiate extensions, and might be worried this will set a bad precedent for future contracts.

Thomas Dimitroff hinted to as much in an interview with Andrew Brandt last month, where he cited Jones specifically.

“We had talked about how we were going to approach it. We normally have not done guys, Julio included, until that last year. We’re not big on doing the three years, two years, normally, we’ve been a year out, and it’s been that way with our main guys, so it sends a message to even guys who are more midline players who are looking for a contract, like, look, if Matt and Julio, and a couple of other guys, even Roddy White during those times, have done it this way, it sets a tone of consistency. And, I think, that’s been good for us.”

So, between Jones wanting to get an exemption for typical team policy, and with him missing camp, hanging out with T.O. and not adhering minute-by-minute to the “Brotherhood” mentality, Quinn and Dimitroff sound be a bit irked with the Jet at the moment, though they won’t show that hand all the way publicly.

To say the relationship isn’t great now doesn’t mean it won’t be once Jones starts putting in the work at training camp, as Ledbetter speculates he will. If they’re able to work out a contract then, this will likely be water under the bridge by the season.

If something happens and the team holds their ground, and Julio calls their bluff, make no mistake: this has a high probability of carrying over into training camp. If it does, Jones will be far from the first player in NFL history to hold out when camp starts, but it will be less than ideal for a Falcons team that’s trying to get its offense back to elite status.

A player missing June reps is something you can deal with. We saw what happened last season when Julio missed key training camp reps.

But, we’re dealing with a host of professionals who, even at a tiff, will still have the wherewithal to deal with this in a proper way and find an agreement that benefits all parties. D-Led seems to think it’ll get done, so let’s hope that foresight follows through before this holdout begins to really manifest some tough results.

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3 minutes ago, mattyicefalcon said:

F. D LED!!! 

And if Julio wont show up with Ryan @ mandatory mini camp with 3 years left in his contract....hes DEAD TO ME!! 

Julio not showing up to Ryan’s special players only work out is a giant F YOU to his team mates. If he’s not there he’s officially on my **** list, and I’m sure his team mates might start to really take notice. 

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I dismissed all this as nothing before missing the camp. The deal will get done but Julio would have burned quite a few bridges.  Lol at people saying Falcons don’t care about Julio hanging out with TO. Hopefully it gets better from now on and all will be forgotten by the time season rolls in.

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10 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

lol I just don't see how him training with a legend has the front office feeling any type of way. I know the responses will be about drama with TO but that has nothing to do with Julio training with him at all. Julio is his own man.

You know TO is known as a drama queen and a me first type of guy. Don't act like you can't understand why the FO would be worried. If some of that rubs off on Julio it will kill the locker room.

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14 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

lol I just don't see how him training with a legend has the front office feeling any type of way. I know the responses will be about drama with TO but that has nothing to do with Julio training with him at all. Julio is his own man.

Even the most stoic of us can be influenced by someone/something who appeals to emotion. See propaganda for example. T.O.’s mom admitted he was extremely emotional. 

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1 minute ago, 2_legit_2_legit_2_quit said:

You know TO is known as a drama queen and a me first type of guy. Don't act like you can't understand why the FO would be worried. If some of that rubs off on Julio it will kill the locker room.

I’m not acting like I know anything. That other stuff was TO’s way of handling things. Y’all acting like you know for a clear fact that he has been in Julio’s ear forcing him to do this stuff. Julio is his own man. Produced top stats for years and wants to make sure he’s still paid as such. Y’all can scream F Julio and he’s dead all you want, I’ll never do that. If you guys really think TO is behind everything that’s on you guys. I can’t say what TO is doing because I’m not seeing anything outside of some intense workout sessions

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7 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

I dismissed all this as nothing before missing the camp. The deal will get done but Julio would have burned quite a few bridges. Lol at people saying Falcons don’t care about Julio hanging out with TO. 

Trust me they don't want T.O. in his ear having any kind of influence at all.last thing we need is for Julio to be corrupted

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Just now, droopy1592 said:

Even the most stoic of us can be influenced by someone/something who appeals to emotion. See propaganda for example. T.O.’s mom admitted he was extremely emotional. 

That’s a bad trait to carry. No one over the age of 21 should let anyone else be the cause of their actions. For all we know Julio planned it all along but once news hit that he was working with TO, the finger instantly got pointed to him, which is a pretty ****** up thing to do, especially when you don’t know the truth

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31 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

lol I just don't see how him training with a legend has the front office feeling any type of way. I know the responses will be about drama with TO but that has nothing to do with Julio training with him at all. Julio is his own man.

Idk how you act like he can't influence Julio in anyway. You can pretend the people in your life don't influence your behavior but that's your own lie.

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I love Julio training with Owens. Might have a shot at late 30s by getting on a HOF workout plan.

The narrative about blaming Owens for Julio's contract situation is assuming and can't be proven. Mere speculation. I'll choose to focus on the positive side and can't wait to see JJ this season. :)

I never gathered Julio was hanging with TO for any reason other than working out and getting WR training from a legend. The rest is conjecture and weak minded.

PS: DLed is just blowing smoke. Didn't share anything we didn't know or haven't heard speculated. Key word being speculated.

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Skrew Julio! Dude has the worst endzone production anybody has seen of a starting wide receiver in the entire NFL

Dude dont practice, hangs out with TO,, demands mo money.

I say trade his asz to Cleveland for a 7th and a stale pretzel.

 

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27 minutes ago, Peyton said:

Nothing new there really.  D Led thinks the Falcons will cave apparently though. 

Isn't this pretty much spot on what I was saying? Hate to toot my own horn. 

Now I can jokingly say, I had an insider guy tell me this but that would insinuate it was DLed. Pass.

But this sounds almost exactly as to what I was saying in the last thread.

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33 minutes ago, 2_legit_2_legit_2_quit said:

You know TO is known as a drama queen and a me first type of guy. Don't act like you can't understand why the FO would be worried. If some of that rubs off on Julio it will kill the locker room.

Looks like the Drama Queens are ALL on this board.

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4 minutes ago, Flying Falcon said:

Looks like the Drama Queens are ALL on this board.

Lol...cheers drama princess. Just pulling your leg. We are all still CONCERNED FANS!

Some can deal with it more nonchalantly than others.

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17 minutes ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

I swear.. if julio aint in the field week 3 against the saints when i come to town.. he will be dead to me

he will be on the field week 3 of pre season along with week 3 in the regular season

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19 minutes ago, Ergo Proxy said:

I love Julio training with Owens. Might have a shot at late 30s by getting on a HOF workout plan.

The narrative about blaming Owens for Julio's contract situation is assuming and can't be proven. Mere speculation. I'll choose to focus on the positive side and can't wait to see JJ this season. :)

I never gathered Julio was hanging with TO for any reason other than working out and getting WR training from a legend. The rest is conjecture and weak minded.

PS: DLed is just blowing smoke. Didn't share anything we didn't know or haven't heard speculated. Key word being speculated.

exactly

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28 minutes ago, Yo_Lover said:

Idk how you act like he can't influence Julio in anyway. You can pretend the people in your life don't influence your behavior but that's your own lie.

lmao how in the world are you going to tell me something about my own life when you don't know me or anyone I rock with. lmao. clearly you know absolutely squat about me. so please don't pretend you do

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