Jones to miss mandatory minicamp


Lericia Harris
June 11, 2018 - 6:59 pm

Brad Penner - USA TODAY


The #whereisjulio movement is in full swing now that Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver will skip mandatory minicamp. 

Atlanta’s general manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the news Monday.

“We have been in contact with Julio and his representation. We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp,” stated Dimitroff. 

“We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans.”

The issues seems to revolve around Jones’ contract, a situation he has not discussed publicly. The chances of Jones attending minicamp have been the subject of speculation since he declined to attend voluntary Organized Team Activities.   

He didn’t want skipping OTA’s to be construed as meaning he's troubled with the Falcons organization. Jones told TMZ in May “there's no bad blood between me and the team or anything like that.”

Despite his words, you can’t help but to wonder if he’s upset - so offended that he had to double check – similar to Drake. Revisit his contract – obviously – especially after the market shifted for wide outs during the offseason. Its apparent Jones wants to be the highest-paid receiver and not the seventh. He has three years and almost $35 million remaining on his contract. Jones signed a five-year, $71.2 million contract extension in August of 2015. The deal included $47 million guaranteed. 

Jones won’t be the only player to skip mandatory mini-camp. Seattle All-Pro safety Earl Thomas and Oakland All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack are also skipping their respective camps.