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Report: Falcons continuing talks with Jones

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June 15, 2018 at 10:41 am.

January 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

January 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones are having talks about a new contract for the star wide receiver.

Jones skipped the team’s voluntary workouts and did not attend this week’s mandatory minicamp as he seeks to work his contract.

“The good news is that there are conversations that have begun,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.”

A two-time first-team All-Pro selection, Jones signed a five-year, $71.2 million contract extension on Aug. 31, 2015. The deal included $47 million in guaranteed money.

The market for elite wide receivers seemed to change in the offseason after lucrative deals were signed by Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans, Cleveland’s Jarvis Landry and Kansas City’s Sammy Watkins.

Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff said last week that the organization has held “productive” talks with Jones and his representatives.

Last season, Jones, 29, had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season, and he added 18 catches for 195 yards and one touchdown in two postseason games.

It marked the fourth consecutive season with at least 1,400 yards receiving for Jones, the No. 6 overall pick of the Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft.

 

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