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Lack of Julio Jones deal is becoming a problem for the Falcons

Posted by Mike Florio on September 1, 2019, 9:23 PM EDT

Some believed that the Falcons and receiver Julio Jones quietly had a deal in place, and that the two sides were waiting for the one-year anniversary of his latest new contract (a mandatory requirement for some deals) before officially executing the new one. The Falcons apparently now wish that was the case.

As one league source explains it to PFT, there wasn’t a deal and there still isn’t a deal. As the season approaches, it’s becoming a problem for the team.

Reinforcing the notion that the Falcons knew what they’d be paying Jones was the team’s ability to extend defensive tackle Grady Phillips and linebacker Deion Jones. But, again, that wasn’t the case. The Falcons now need to make something with Jones work within the framework established by the Phillips deal, the Deion Jones deal, and all other existing deals.

Most recently came the unexpected necessity to bring kicker Matt Bryant back, with a one-year, $3 million base deal. Although the salary cap sits at $188.2 million, every dollar counts when one of the best receivers in the NFL is looking to cash in — and when the Falcons apparently don’t have much to spare. Based on current NFLPA numbers, the Falcons have less than $4 million in cap space. At this point, the Falcons will have to negotiate one or more deals to get the Julio Jones deal done.

For his part, Julio Jones hasn’t grumbled or complained. He said weeks ago that owner Arthur Blank gave his word that a contract was coming, and that that was good enough for Julio Jones. The offers made to date, however, clearly haven’t been good enough — and they need to get better soon or Julio Jones may start grumbling and complaining

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Just from my perspective it feels like it's becoming an issue, I don't need this poorly written article by Mike Florio to know lol. They need to get it done because it's starting to feel like Julio is getting jerked around. I'm sure that's not the case but they've said what they need to pay him publicly so I don't really know what the hold up is. When the GM says he deserves to be the highest paid receiver and will be the highest paid receiver, what's stopping it from being done? 

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12 minutes ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Have no idea about this writers credibility, but ive considered a few times someone's contract will probably need to be reworked? (who better than Ryan) to free up some money 

Shifting money into the future with Ryan will make his cap hits insane.

Thing is, Julio's contract should free up cap space next two years.

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