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Julio Jones reports for training camp without new…

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Julio Jones reports for training camp without new...


He may not have a new contract yet, but Julio Jones has reported for work.

The wide receiver was present among the veterans when they were set to report for the first day of the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp on Monday.

Jones is expecting to put his name to a new, long term contract before the start of the regular season, and it appears the team is preparing to give him an offer to conclude a busy offseason that included signing Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett to new deals.

When camp officially opened on Monday, both Jones’ were dressed with helmets, but were seen working on the side of the practice field with the team’s training staff.

Both players are dealing with what remains of minor foot ailments, Jones the receiver with an issue that he has had for several years, and Jones the linebacker with the remnants of the injury that sidelined him for 10 games last season.

Those issues are not expected to hold back either player this season, however.

Last season, Jones led the National Football League with 1,677 receiving yards, scored eight touchdowns, and over the past five seasons leads all receivers in first down conversions.

In his NFL career, Jones has established several records for receiving, boasting the league’s best ever mark for receiving yards per game, is a five time Pro Bowl selection, a two time First Team All Pro, and in 2015 he finished with the second most receiving yards in a single season ever, with 1,871.

Overall, Jones has 698 catches for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns. His yardage number is the most for any player up to his 30th birthday in NFL history.

Jones was the No. 6 overall draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons organization in the 2011 NFL Draft after the team traded five picks to move up in the ranking for a chance at the player.

In his NFL career, Jones has established several records for receiving, boasting the league’s best ever mark for receiving yards per game, is a five time Pro Bowl selection, a two time First Team All Pro, and in 2015 he finished with the second most receiving yards in a single season ever, with 1,871.

Overall, Jones has 698 catches for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns. His yardage number is the most for any player up to his 30th birthday in NFL history.

Jones briefly held out of part of the Falcons’ offseason preparation last summer as he awaited a new contract with the team, and, though he did not get a new deal, the team did arrange some of the payout on his existing contract in such a way that he eventually returned.

Atlanta converted $1.5 million of Jones’ 2018 salary and $2.9 million of his 2019 salary into a bonus, increasing the player’s payment for the 2018 season, with no cap effect to the team.

That change came with a promise from the team that he would get a brand new long term contract extension in the 2019 offseason, an agreement the two sides now have in place.

There was some speculation that Jones would hold out again this summer after the delay in his receiving a new contract, but he was present for the mandatory minicamp and stated that he would be in attendance for training camp as he expected a new deal would be in place.

Jones had two years and just over $21 million remaining on the five year, $71.25 million pact he signed prior to the 2015 season.


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