Falcons head coach Dan Quinn didn’t have an update on the team’s contract negotiations with Julio Jones after Monday’s practice, but he won’t mind seeing those talks come to a conclusion.
“I’m confident that they’ll get together and get some stuff done,” Quinn said. “Definitely ready to move from negotiations to celebrations. We’ll see if that takes place, but [Jones] is here and doing well.”
Jones arrived at training camp with an understanding that he and the team would enter into a discussion about a contract extension prior to the season. Talks between the All-Pro receiver and the Falcons remain amicable, and both sides remain optimistic that a deal will be reached.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff joined Atlanta CW’s television broadcast during the team’s final preseason game and said he believed a deal would get done “in the relatively near future.”
Jones did not play for the Falcons during the preseason, but he led all NFL receivers in 2018 with 1,677 yards and scored eight touchdowns. Throughout the preseason, Jones emphasized his focus on preparing for the regular season.
“That’s the ultimate goal, to go into the season healthy,” Jones said. “That’s really the main thing. You don’t want to go into the season with a nagging injury or anything like that, where it’s hindering you and your mind is somewhere else. I’m going into the season clear-minded, ready to play, ready to ball. I can help the team out.”