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Julio Jones skips start of voluntary OTAs amid contract negotiations

The league’s best wide receiver sat out voluntary OTAs and the start of minicamp last season before he was given a pay bump.

By Matthew Chambers May 20, 2019, 4:02pm EDT
 

Players started reporting Monday for the start of organized team activities and there is one notable missing player. Actually, there are probably multiple notable missing players as OTAs are voluntary and veterans tend to prepare away from team HQ. OTAs are primarily workouts that are regulated and limited by the CBA. It helps some players get back into the groove, but it is possible some stay away to prepare more than allowed at OTAs.

The notable player, for the second year in a row, is Julio Jones. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones did not report to Flowery Branch on Monday. Also of interest is Ledbetter noting that Jones was “promised” a new deal this offseason.

First, Jones skipped at least some OTAs in 2018 and 2017, and he was still consistently dominant on a week-to-week basis. Jones eventually missed out on a few days of mandatory minicamp last offseason, but was never out of shape or otherwise struggled with his playbook. In fact, it is common for veteran, Pro Bowl-quality players to consistently skip OTAs and workout elsewhere.

Second, we have heard the team informed Julio they planned to get an extension done this offseason, but “promised” is a strong word . Still, it is becoming frustrating to see the Falcons express optimism about contract extensions that continue to linger.

Grady Jarrett should have been extended before free agency, if not last season. The Falcons have been confident a deal will be worked out, and two months ago a bad rumor suggested the team was “closing in” on a deal that has still yet to materialize.

For whatever reason, we have another offseason of contract extensions dragging far longer than they should. It is still early enough but Julio’s absence suggests they are not “closing in” on a deal. The Falcons may have again hurt themselves by allowing another market-setting deal go through when Antonio Brown netted nearly $30 million guaranteed across three years, with a total of potential cash just above $50 million.

Odds are a deal gets worked out and this situation is quickly forgotten. At the same time, an unnecessary holdout could create a giant headache for the mostly new coaching staff needing to get this team to the playoffs.

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Just now, Yo_Lover said:

Good. **** that voluntary ****. No one here would go to work without getting paid, idk why these guys should be expected to.

Yeah i mean making a team better means nothing.  These guys get don't get paid enough to do something like OTA's.  Imagine the struggle. 

As far as I am concerned, if you don't want to play here, than GTFO.  Prove you want to be here, if not, there are plenty of up and coming rookies that will take your spot.

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17 minutes ago, R_The_Great said:

Yeah i mean making a team better means nothing.  These guys get don't get paid enough to do something like OTA's.  Imagine the struggle. 

As far as I am concerned, if you don't want to play here, than GTFO.  Prove you want to be here, if not, there are plenty of up and coming rookies that will take your spot.

lmao it begins

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  • Workouts cannot begin prior to the first Monday in April for clubs with a new head coach or the third Monday in April for all other clubs

  • Workouts are strictly voluntary; Club officials cannot indicate workouts are anything other than voluntary

  • Maximum 4 w/o per week (no weekends), with one week being the mandatory minicamp (not permitted on weekends) 

  • Contact work is prohibited in all workouts (e.g. "live" blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run, etc.) 

  • Intensity and tempo of drills should be at a level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority. 

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8 minutes ago, caponine said:

Nope still doesnt change for me. He should be out there , he is far from being perfect. He still seems to have the case of dropsies. Yall talk about Trufant, but Jones needs the jugg machine just as much. 

So the only way he can practice catching is at voluntary workouts?

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Just now, caponine said:

no but you cant tell me having him out there doesnt motivate the young bucks. Seeing your best player out there , will inspire them greatly. 

Why does Julio have to motivate the young bucks?  Where in his contract does it say he is there to be a motivator?

You are also conveniently forgetting Julio skipping last year and still managing to find time to help Calvin out.

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48 minutes ago, Tim Mazetti said:

Julio Jones skips start of voluntary OTAs amid contract negotiations

The league’s best wide receiver sat out voluntary OTAs and the start of minicamp last season before he was given a pay bump.

By Matthew Chambers May 20, 2019, 4:02pm EDT
 

Players started reporting Monday for the start of organized team activities and there is one notable missing player. Actually, there are probably multiple notable missing players as OTAs are voluntary and veterans tend to prepare away from team HQ. OTAs are primarily workouts that are regulated and limited by the CBA. It helps some players get back into the groove, but it is possible some stay away to prepare more than allowed at OTAs.

The notable player, for the second year in a row, is Julio Jones. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones did not report to Flowery Branch on Monday. Also of interest is Ledbetter noting that Jones was “promised” a new deal this offseason.

First, Jones skipped at least some OTAs in 2018 and 2017, and he was still consistently dominant on a week-to-week basis. Jones eventually missed out on a few days of mandatory minicamp last offseason, but was never out of shape or otherwise struggled with his playbook. In fact, it is common for veteran, Pro Bowl-quality players to consistently skip OTAs and workout elsewhere.

Second, we have heard the team informed Julio they planned to get an extension done this offseason, but “promised” is a strong word . Still, it is becoming frustrating to see the Falcons express optimism about contract extensions that continue to linger.

Grady Jarrett should have been extended before free agency, if not last season. The Falcons have been confident a deal will be worked out, and two months ago a bad rumor suggested the team was “closing in” on a deal that has still yet to materialize.

For whatever reason, we have another offseason of contract extensions dragging far longer than they should. It is still early enough but Julio’s absence suggests they are not “closing in” on a deal. The Falcons may have again hurt themselves by allowing another market-setting deal go through when Antonio Brown netted nearly $30 million guaranteed across three years, with a total of potential cash just above $50 million.

Odds are a deal gets worked out and this situation is quickly forgotten. At the same time, an unnecessary holdout could create a giant headache for the mostly new coaching staff needing to get this team to the playoffs.

1. There is no limit to the efforts the media will go to fabricate drama; in essence, creating their own BS material to cover. At one point Chambers admits that voluntary OTAs are commonly skipped by Pro Bowl level veterans to work out beyond what the CBA-overseen OTAs will allow, and then he closes by imagining the headache a holdout would cause for the team. SMH. 

2. Any of you fans who are worried about Julio’s heart or commitment to this team, or who don’t understand the benefit the team could plausibly reap by Julio skipping voluntary OTAs baffle the mind. He’s proven his heart... proven his commitment to the Falcons. And voluntary workouts in Flowery Branch limit his All Pro preparedness and conditioning. 

3. Dude is gonna get paid. So what that it’s taking a while to get it done. Kudos to the Falcons for taking their time with this considering such delicate and intricate salary cap management will be required by them over the next few seasons to keep the talent we have acquired. 

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