Julio Jones Ends Holdout, Will Report to Falcons Camp

Dec 7, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) reacts to head linesman Phil McKinnely (110) against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons superstar WR Julio Jones will report to training camp on Thursday ending his hold out, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff announced late last night. “We have had continued dialogue all off-season with Julio and his representation,” Dimitroff said in a statement. “We have come to an agreement with Julio, and we will re-address everything in 2019. I appreciate everyone’s hard work and communication on this.”

Jones has three years remaining on his deal and is set to earn a base salary of $10.5 million this season. The Falcons had no intention from all reports of ripping up the current deal and extending Jones with that many years remaining on the deal. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Get Up this morning, it’s very likely the Falcons used a trick out of the New England Patriots handbook in adding incentives to the current deal that can elevate the money Jones brings in this season based on performance. If you’ll recall, the Patriots did the same for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

In the meantime, Jones keeps more coin in his pocket saving the $40,000 a day he would have been fined had he held out of Falcons Training Camp. The star wideout Jones is one of the top weapons in the league and one Quarterback Matt Ryan is glad to have back in camp to start the 2018 campaign. Owner Arthur Blank wasn’t going to let Jones sit at home on the sidelines and hold out like other notable top names around the league.

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