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Blank Expects Jones to be Falcons 'Lifer'

The Atlanta Falcons held a special Salute to Service day at 2015 XFINITY Training Camp on Sunday. Kids from military families marched in the Falcons March and fans participated in fun activities before watching practice.

Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank addressed the media during practice on Sunday, and when asked about the status of wide receiver Julio Jones contract negotiations, said: "We are in the middle of those discussions, we expect Julio to be a lifer for the Falcons. We are moving forward and have every reason to be positive and be enthusiastic about it. We are moving as quickly as possible."

Blank is impressed with the shape that the superstar receiver returned to camp in, and praised the fact that Jones and his agent are constant professionals. Blank downplayed the current situation as strictly just a business deal and is in good faith that it will all work out.

"This is a business transaction, a business deal that we have to get through," Blank said. "There is always a little bit of a dance when you go through this kind of situation. But, we are dealing in good faith. And, as I said earlier, we expect Julio to be here for his entire career."

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