Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones won’t do a Dez Bryant in the offseason even if his team won’t discuss a contract extension entering the 2015 NFL season. ESPN reported Monday there have still been no contract extension talks between Jones and the Falcons but the wide receiver is willing to play out the next season even if there is no deal in place.
"I'm not going to hold out for anything," Jones told ESPN in June. "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here and doing what I need to do."
Jones is serious. He has attended the squad’s offseason workouts and minicamps, and also is expected to attend the Falcons’ training camp set for July 30.
With his current deal, Jones is among the highest paid WRs in the league but falls behind the likes of the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson ($20.56M), the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas ($12.82M), the Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant ($12.82M), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Vincent Jackson ($12.2M) and the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald ($10.85M).
Unlike Jones, Bryant has reportedly threatened Cowboys brass he will miss games in the regular season if no longterm deal is finalized.
Jones, 26, has been named NFL Pro Bowl twice in his career, in 2012 and 2014. Last season, he had 1,593 receiving yards on 104 catches with six touchdowns.